On May 3, 2017, my mixed media sculpture went to its new home at Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando Florida. Now “Florida Citrus 467-1” has additional numbers. Its Official Accession Number is #2017.016.
Many of my creations have interesting stories of the challenges I encountered. Our Florida Artists’ Registry Members were invited to exhibit at Orlando Museum of Art’s First Thursday. I took the exhibit title “Florida Grown” literally. It had to have ORANGES. It had to relate to the growing processing production: suggesting or incorporating seeds, dirt, sun and water.
The “Sunlight” behind the Water Cover was a Fluorescent Bulb with a plug in cord. Location of an outlet dictated my sculpture’s placement at the Florida Grown Exhibit. So my little sculpture was dwarfed on a panel centered between two giant abstract canvases by the same artist. To top it off, I don’t think there was another artist who addressed the theme of Florida Grown, except that the art works were “Grown in Florida.” The placement of “Florida Citrus 467-1” was So Disappointing.
My “Florida Citrus 467-1” received special attention at The Mills Pond House Members Exhibition in St. James NY. Alison Cruz displayed it on a sculpture stand so it was the focus of the room. I am still very fond of the Smithtown Township Arts Council where I showed some of my earliest works.
In one return shipment, the Fluorescent Bulb was smashed. The damaged corded light fixture was removed. A battery operated LED Fixture replaced it, which is now operated by remote. This offered a bright solution for placing the sculpture in future exhibitions.
Looking back, taking the title Florida Grown literally actually caused me to expand my horizons. My work was more colorful. I studied and ate Florida Grown Oranges, observed the rind and saved the stem ends and seeds for my mixed media creation. Parts of an official orange crate were used for the side panels. I contacted Steve Monser, the Glass blower and commissioned water drops. To Steve Monser: “Together, You and I are making History!”
View the story and photos of the creation process: Grate Thoughts » Blog Archive » Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Creation of “Florida Citrus 467-1”