“Fauxbots and Clay Pots” September 15 – October 14

One Artist’s Addiction to Junk
a one artist exhibition by Debbie Thomas
September 15 – October 14, 2018
4th Friday Art Walk Reception
September 28th 5:00 – 8:00 PM

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Hi. My name is Debbie, and I have a problem. I’m addicted to junk. I can’t pass up an estate sale, rummage sale, overfilled dumpster, or a friend with a bag of cast-offs! Got any good junk? I bet I can make something out of it!

I am obsessed with Fauxbots—found object ‘robots’ that depict  people or animals.  While they are called robots, they actually don’t DO anything but bring a smile to your face.

My goal is to make each ‘bot’ have a charming and whimsical personality. This isn’t always easy when working with nuts, bolts, odd bits of machinery and kitchen tools, but it works when the shape of the object brings to mind a similar shape in nature.

Many people assume the ‘bots’ are welded together, but in fact I use lots of cold connections—rivets, screws, wire, plumbing connectors, and a bit of epoxy. It’s fun for me to introduce my little ‘friends’ and watch people try to analyze what the parts used to be.

I really love taking things that might have ended up in a landfill and giving them a new life. Some call it recycling, I call it fun!

I’ve been playing in the mud for about half my life and I still enjoy it! Instead of the mudpies of my childhood, now I make unique serving pieces and wall hangings with a few sculptural pieces thrown in for variety. I love textures and use all sorts of things to make them—bits of lace, batik stamps, chopsticks, and real leaves. I often add more dimension with sculpted leaves, flowers and acorns and use Manzanita wood and leather for hangings. My goal is to make something colorful and interesting that will be enjoyed and used for years.

I have exhibited my work at ‘Tis Gallery, Prescott Center for the Arts, Mountain Artists Guild, Yavapai College Art Gallery, Nelly Bly in Jerome, Artisans in the Pines shows, and the Peridot Art Show.