Tool Totems – #1 in a new series of assemblages

Over the past four decades, I’ve amassed a substantial collection of old hand tools which I treasure for their aesthetic design and the fact that they have been much used in making things.  

For my new “Tool Totems” series, I cleaned and enshrined some of these worn out tools in black frames – transforming and elevating them into artistic assemblages. These two measure 10×12″ and 14×14″.

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About the Optimism of Color Blog

Every Tuesday and Friday, I’m posting a photo or piece of art that I’ve created that reflects what I call the Optimism of Color. Through vibrant colors and bold visceral forms, these works shout out my joy at being alive, and my good fortune at being able to continue to make art after a near death experience.

Each of the images I post brings a smile to my face. I hope they bring you similar joy and laughter through the Optimism of Color.

All photos © Linda Joyce Ott 2020
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2 comments on “Tool Totems – #1 in a new series of assemblages”

  1. A bery interesting and cool collection

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