N.p. [Redding, CA?]: Colleen Barry, 1996. Barry, Colleen. Three-dimensional object. Unique mixed-media book object. Ca. 10 inches high, 7 inches wide, and 5 inches deep including the door knob. Signed and dated. Purchased from the artist in the year of its creation, 1996, and in fine condition. Photos are too light; colors are much brighter. Works by Barry are not often on the market. Fine. Item #30910
As with Colleen Barry's signature "tool books," this "fantastic diary" combines found objects with textured, colored handmade papers. In the artist's words, she "incorporates items that 'have a past life'--things that others might throw away. [She is] heavily influenced by Hispanic folk art and exuberant, colorful creations from many parts of the world." The diary here can be held by a rusted door handle and is securely closed from prying eyes by a keyhole plate, locks, studded straps, and nails. No keys are in sight. What looks like a window with a hanging heart turns out to be a mirror. Bursting out from the top are one or more old buttons, coins, pens, plastic toys, swizzle sticks, paperclips, puzzle pieces, chessmen, playing cards, marbles, Christmas tree lights, and other oddments. Shipping/handling will be extra; please keep this in mind when ordering.