WATCH OUT FOR THE UNDERTOAD

All of the art in this body of work, Watch Out for the Undertoad, reference lines from the book and movie titled The World According to Garp. It’s great you should read the book by John Irving and watch the movie starring Robin Williams.

In the story, the family lives in New Hampshire and spends time at the beach. The entire community is invested in talking about the pull of the ocean, and conversations are often about the power of the undertow, which is the force the waves can exert when retreating from the beach back to the ocean.

Walt, the youngest son, misunderstands and believes his parents are warning him to watch out for the under toad. Of course, for a young child, there could very well be a powerful toad that lives under the water and pulls people into the ocean.

I think of this line often when I see surf to sand. Maybe you do too. Or maybe you will now.

I'll stay up and think weird thoughts for a while. | 2014 | acrylic mounted photograph | 36 x 24

The undertow is strong today. | 2014
photographs and handsewn thread | 11 x 11

The undertow is wicked today. | 2014
photographs and handsewn thread | 11 x 11

 

They were involved in that awkward procedure of getting to unknow each other. | 2014
acrylic mounted photograph | 16 x 16

Honey, the chances of another plane hitting this house are astronomical. It's been pre-disastered. We're going to be safe here. | 2014
acrylic mounted photograph | 24 x 24 

Imagining something is better than remembering something. | 2014
acrylic mounted photograph | 24 x 24

Everybody dies... The thing is, to have a life before we die. | 2015 | photographs, thread | 24 x 18

Oh gradual school is where you go to school and you gradually find out you don't want to go to school anymore. | 2014 
acrylic mounted photograph | 11.5 x 16

Maybe television causes cancer. | 2015
photographs and handsewn thread | 11 x 11

Energy begets energy. | 2015
photographs and handsewn thread | 11 x 11