Tuesday, July 31, 2018


Welcome to my Assemblage Art Blog...I hope you will browse and check out some of my art and other posts.  Make sure to click on Gallery 1 Assemblages by Roberta.  There are many photos of assemblages I've created over the years.  And look too at the individual posts from this year and years past too.  I'd love to read your comments as well... thanks for stopping by my blog!  I appreciate it!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Boxers

This assemblage is a fun one.... Titled "The Boxers", it features a pair of vintage children's boxing gloves, with a child boxer wanna-be in a water pail, and his fellow boxer dogs looking on. In the background is a copy of a vintage boxing stances poster. On top a working bell that announces the start and finish of each round. This will probably be at the next Gallery 223 Show in about a week and a half, unless it sells before that.

Friday, June 1, 2018

"The Seeker"

"The Seeker" 
Inspiration in this:
Seek Wisdom,
Proverbs 4:6-7; "Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." and Colossians 2:2-3; "My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."

Thursday, May 24, 2018

School Daze II

 This is a sad assemblage.... dealing with horrific events that kill our children!

School Daze II, was made in March of this year and included in the "Art as Prayer - Art For God's Sake" at Christ Episcopal in the middle of March. 
 What is also displayed with this assemblage art piece, featured during May and June at Gallery 223, Lake Geneva, WI,  is a booklet that includes A Prayer Litany, "Death Shall Have No Dominion" excerpts, from the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago's Day of Lament, March 14, 2018.

Also in the booklet are the listings of the hundreds and hundreds of schools where shootings in the USA have occurred the last 50 years. Very sad and terribly tragic, we need to make our children safe again, prayers yes, followed by action plans!

This piece was also in an article in the Lake Geneva Regional News on March 24th.  It did not show the whole art piece.   The reporter, in the article, says my passion is for politics, but really it's more pointed to the spiritual with events of life, including some political things, added from time to time... from my recent artist's statement: "...Much of my art is spiritual, motivated by events happening in the world, some take a light-hearted, whimsical look at things, but the majority offers a deep, reflective view of God, of life, and our part in it."”

So, this piece opened a lot of discussion online, statements positive and negative... and in the meantime, there have been 3 more school shootings and nothing has been done to stop the senseless violence!  What will it take??

Friday, May 4, 2018

Eye See You

These eye necklaces will be available to purchase at Gallery 223, Lake Geneva, WI during the May/June 2018 Gallery Show.

Stop in and check them out!
Gallery 223
223 Broad Street
Lake Geneva, WI

Monday, April 30, 2018

Early Warning System - "Canary In A Coal Mine Alert"

"Early Warning System... Canary in A Coal Mine Alert"

Background: "Canary in a coal mine": Something whose sensitivity to adverse conditions makes it a useful early indicator of such conditions; something which warns of the coming of greater danger or trouble by a deterioration in its health or welfare.

This is a political art assemblage... (lots of symbolism in this one) the top is a cast iron replica of The White House - no longer white, tarnished in reality these days too! A cast iron eagle, symbolic of our freedom is taking a nose dive, aren't our freedoms doing the same lately?
A stormy sky in the background, and even the grass and trees around the Capital building are dying off, as well as the canary in the early warning system.. we are facing a toxic mess in Washington DC for sure!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mortimer Snerd W/Charlie in the style of Joseph Cornell

This is a fun assemblage, using an old liquor container, Mortimer Snerd, who was the second dummy of ventriloquist, Edgar Bergman.  Edgar's first and most famous dummy was Charlie McCarthy.  Featured in this assemblage shadow box, is Mortimer, with a photo in the background of him with Edgar and Charlie.  In the shot glasses are pool balls.. 38 (symbolic of 1938, the first appearance of Mortimer Snerd.) and also pool ball number 1 with a vintage Charlie McCarthy child's spoon.  Since Charlie was the first puppet dummy, it seemed to fit.  The bird on top is just for fun, and since Joseph Cornell often used birds and shot glasses in his art, it seemed to fit too.