Thursday, May 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!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Snake Oil Sales Pitch for Health Care - Such A Deal!

Health Care Options
 Snake Oil Salesman
close up view

Found Object Art Assemblage.... Snake Oil Sales Pitch for Health Care - Such A Deal He Has For Us! ...Don't worry if some of the features give you a headache, it's from them tightening the screws to us, and also includes the use of wish bones, make a wish, and hope you get care. Bed of nails to walk on and to nail it to us all! Magic rabbit foot and miracle potions, don't drink the "kool-aid"! And if it kills us all, none of us will see no evil, hear no evil and can't speak any evil about it!...It's like we are in an episode of The Twilight Zone!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Tell Tale Heart - Assemblage inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

As a member of Gallery 223, in Lake Geneva, we were supporting the arts by having some of the members art displayed at the Lake Geneva Theatre for a performance by the Lake Geneva Actors Guild, An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe, on October 19th.

I had played around with some of the elements in this assemblage for the last few months, not really knowing where I was going with it, I had the shelf mushroom, that looked like a pair of lungs, found an odd shaped piece of black walnut, that looked to me like a human heart, and some deer antlers that could be ribs.  And I had just recently found a glass eye at a junk shop upnorth....
When this challenge came about, to create a piece to fit the performances, I knew these were what I wanted to use!

I made a blob of "blood to put under the assembled items, found an old box and some old wood floor boards that would become the floor that these items would be housed in.
I added a metal skeleton hand coming out of the drawer of the table this sat on, and a metronome below it, that would beat slowly, like the sound of a heart beating.... and tah dah! An assemblage was born... The Tell Tale Heart!

These verses from the short story by Poe are part of what inspired me in creating this....

“It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture.  Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.”

“...there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound well. It was the beating of the old man's heart…”

“If you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. I dismembered the corpse, then took up planks from the flooring of the chamber & deposited all between the scantlings.”

“ length, I found that the noise was not within my ears. ...Yet the sound increased -- It was a low, dull, quick sound --much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I gasped for breath --and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly --more vehemently; the noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone? I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, --but the noise steadily increased. Oh God! what could I do? I foamed --I raved --I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder --louder --louder!”

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Featured Artist October 2017 at Fontana Public Library

Thank you to the Fontana Library for having my assemblage art featured during the month of October 2017.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Lapsarian II - The Fall

Full view of The Lapsarian
Eve Holding Apple
This is a second assemblage I've done depicting the story of Adam and Eve being tempted by the serpent (often depicted as a snake), and eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, (often depicted as an apple tree). 
The Apple with core inside

Friday, September 22, 2017

Saint of the Woodlands

Setting out the objects to
put together.
Legs and shoes attached
Ready for
the arms.
Staining and working
on the back of the box
A Woodland Saint in the making.... Thanks to hubby John for his help too!
Side View
Front View
Inside waiting to go
to the Fontana Library
Art Show in October

The arms, croquet stakes
and salad tongs as hands
Husband John helping me attach the crutch legs
to the box body part.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Penny Jars

Glued an open zipper on a jar
then mod-podged ripped tissue
paper on the outside.
 A fun assemblage for the upcoming Holiday Art Market at Gallery 223.  These penny banks would be fun jars for collecting the loose change you find in your pockets, on the street or in a phone booth, etc. 
Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck!

Tissue paper drying, then stained to
darken it and make it look aged.

Finished penny jars for sale.