Thursday, June 7, 2007


Title: Deflated
Size: 9” x 18” x 5”
Date: 01-2007
Media: Assemblage
Materials: Wood, metal hardware, rubber balloons, Coca-Cola bottle, glass.

This piece is about my Uncle Bill’s death. I borrowed parts from a science experiment I was taught in school when learning the diaphragm is what controls breathing. In the original experiment a plastic bottle is used with rubber balloons representing lungs. A glass coke bottle not only calls to mind my Uncle because he was a Coke collector, it also speaks of the hardening and malfunction of his lungs. Of course you also see the deflated balloons representing the limp, unfilled lungs. The emptiness on the left reiterates this emptiness. The Title speaks of the idea that not only are the lungs deflated but also the spirit of our family when one more was lost.


Jenny and Matt said...

Thanks Ron

Ron Hollingshead said...

Thank you.

katie said...

I wish I had $1600! (I type as tears well in my eyes)

Ron Hollingshead said...

Me too.

Jamie said...

Deflated indeed. Here's to the beauty of your work, the memories it brings forth, and the healing it inspires.

Ron Hollingshead said...

I can only try. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Your brother showed this piece of artowrk online in our class. After I heard the meaning behind it and how much meaning it had, I was hooked. I wish I had that much money to buy it. You have inspired me, as an artist and as a person.