Prickly Flowers

On March 28, 2021, Jeffrey created these assemblages, announcing them as his first artworks created on the Payne Gap property. Just in case you haven’t figured it out, they are fabric flowers he found in a weathered heap of cemetery trash. He attached the found grave flowers to prickly pears. They are nearly believable, and I like the fusion of the two, artificial with real. I took these pictures at night with light from Jeffrey’s […]

Bill Duncan Quilt

Jeffrey and I found this double-knit quilt top that Willie “Bill” Duncan (Sam’s grandmother) made years ago in an old quilt box that we uncovered while cleaning out the schoolhouse. I love the black “X” in the center (eye of the storm?) surrounded by green blocks, and I love the way the quilt blocks play with the stone pattern of the schoolhouse wall in the photo above. Nice work, Nannie!

A Schoolhouse with a View

Starting in the summer of 2019, work picked up on land clearing. Sam had already cleared a lot by this time, but with Jeffrey aboard, clearing activities accelerated. By fall of 2020, much of the under brush had been removed, vines pulled from trees, and fence lines cleared—helped dramatically by some bulldozer work that took out many of the red oaks that had been neglected and allowed to become sprawling octopuses. The overall goal of