Frog Man with a Penchant for Sashes & Censorship
I've taken this Frog Man to several art shows this year and he always fosters interesting conversations. People have made up names for him, told little tales about where he lives, have wondered what he's got on his head (is it a garbage pail lid or the top of the well?), and have speculated on the subject matter of the book he's dropping into the nether regions of the earth.
I think this is one of the best things about having unusual art around -- people's eyes don't just glance over it. They study it. They pause, and think, and dream, and share crazy stories. You might just need one of these for your own wall.
This illustration is from a 1565 book published by the Parisian bookseller Richard Breton called "The Drolatic Dreams of Pentagruel." It's chock full of strange creatures like this, just begging to be shown to a modern audience (which is where me and my needle come in).
Single strand embroidery on cream cotton in a hand-painted, six-inch hoop.