Teapot Tipul (טיפת טיפול) (A Drop of Treatment)

Across from Angel’s Bakery
16 May 2012

The original paintings are titled Spoon in Repose and Pour.

An onsite painting . Teapot Tipul (טיפת טיפול) (A Drop of Treatment)  is a loose bilingual pun. The English word “Teapot” is pronounced the same as the Hebrew word for a drop, as in a small amount of liquid. Tipul is the Hebrew word for treatment, as in what you get from a doctor or any health professional.

On the wall outside the Jerusalem Flour Mill, there are two metal doors/panels on a case or storage box. These panels have been used as temporary message boards. Public announcements, advertisements and other postings have been wheat pasted on the panels.

I cleaned the panels Tuesday, 15 May. It took about 20 minutes to clean off the accumulated dust, dirt, old messages and old wheat paste. Starting around 11:30 at night, 15 May, I painted the panels. There are about 4 or 5 coats of acrylic house paint on each panel. Each panel is 105 x 76 cm. (or about 41 x 30 inches, or 3.5 x 2.5 feet).


In addition to making houses, I have been drawing and painting teapots and cups for a few years now.

The teapot and cup drawings are about my relationship to my art making.  They imply metaphor, the cups and teapots are an obsessional image with little reference to realism, either realistic renderings or implied space.  These drawings are not still lifes. They are fanciful, imagined objects in imagined spaces.   The cups give the sense of being a vessel waiting for the arrival of the teapot.  The teapots give the sense of looking for a vessel to fill.  The characteristics of these drawings are an unstable landscape; an inequitable relationship between teapot and cup; and an out of sight light source that casts shadows.   The irregular horizon creates a landscape with the high possibility of falling and spilling.  In drawings with a teapot, the relationship between the pot and the cup rarely seems fair with the cup unable to contain all the pot is ready to provide.  Sometimes the cup’s need is much greater than the pot’s ability to supply.  The unseen light source casts shadows without producing illumination.

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