She's No Angel

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She's No Angel

375.00

In the Victorian era, the ideal of womanhood was famously described by Virginia Woolf as "The Angel in the House."  This mythical creature was eternally gentle, passive, self-sacrificing and purely devoted to the needs of her spouse, children, and home.   "She's No Angel" is my humorous take on how times have changed - and a heartfelt celebration of just how incredible mothers today really are.  

The mama in this piece is a fierce and very busy octopus, with tentacles reaching into the domains of the kitchen, playroom, office/work/money, art room, garden room, and that one room where something is always being spilled.   The phrase "She's no angel but she sure gets things done" is spelled out on the roof.

In the art room, I included above the piano a vintage locket containing two Victorian images of saintly motherhood just to heighten the contrast.  The mothers I know are deeply loving and also irreverent, powerful, and doing their best to rise to the impossible daily challenges of managing life in and out of the house.  

This octo-mama is gripping that wine bottle pretty tightly with one arm, while simultaneously wielding a hammer, toilet brush, pencil, baby and bottle. Meanwhile, bills wait to be paid under the clock in the "office," the perilous stack of toys in the playroom threatens to collapse at any moment, the tricycle has rusted because someone left it out in the rain. Thankfully, the cat is lapping up the milk that's been spilled in the downstairs room - otherwise mysterious smells would soon be emanating from the basement. 

She's no angel, but she sure get's things done - with panache and a life-saving sense of humor. Just like the moms I know!

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Size:  13.5 H X 9" W X 2" D

Materials:  Recycled "Melissa & Dave" toy box, vintage octopus image mounted on board and altered with acrylic paint, assorted miniatures, art papers, vintage locket.

Stand or Hang:  She's No Angel stands sturdily on a bookshelf or table, or can be hung on the wall.

Like all of Sara's assemblages, this is a one-of-a-kind piece that will never be replicated or reproduced.

Questions?  email sara@sarasaltee.com with inquiries.