St. Tom, Mixed Media Decorative Icon

Mixed Media
45" x 22" x 8"

This is an example of a really large, elaborate, complex icon. Including the time spent planning it and gathering the necessary materials, it took 14 months to complete. This icon is a tribute to Tom Waits. It is made of a variety of materials and found objects, such as wood, paper, glass, Swarovski crystals & gilded pasta. It contains 2 secret compartments. The first is a small diorama hidden inside a cigar box--a display of objects which reference a few specific Tom Waits songs. The second secret compartment is a pull-out drawer. It reveals a framed letter, written by a Hobo named Box Car Shorty. It was written in 1928 at a Hobo convention in Chicago--quite an exciting artifact!

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