Hope Floats - Private Residence

This mixed-media painting on a large, white wood panel shadowbox is an assembly of a large mariner's map of the Gulf of Mexico layered over with found beach objects, an old 1929 beach photo, reversed blackboard 'chalk' writing and a screen-door assemblage along the sides. The 'screen' pocket at the bottom holds a poem entitled "Trust".
This project was developed to raise funds for a Nature Conservancy project after the BP oil spill. I was one of only 12 invited Atlanta artists to create a painting for the show and fund-raiser. My painting was bought by a collector who placed it in her home.

Both the poem and painting refer to the trust handed to us to "Keep things nice" - as in do not pollute the Gulf of Mexico, and as all our mothers have taught us to do in caring for our surroundings -- both our earthly mothers and Mother Nature. The phrase, 'Keep Your Mother Happy" refers to not upsetting Mother Nature...and the old photo in the painting is a photo of some young women in the late 1920s at a Gulf of Mexico beach (along with chaperones). My mother is in the group.



Merry Waldroup (photo credit)

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