Last month, I wrote about a friend of mine, Daric Gill, who is a local artist who sometimes incorporates music into some of his art. The example I gave was of a line of illustrations he has called the ToeHeads in which he draws fun, toe-shaped characters in a variety of scenes, some of which are musically themed. I’m happy to say I have two of those on my walls and while one of mine has a musical theme, they both are tied to my love of knitting.
Yes, like many musicians, Daric obviously takes requests!
Daric is an interdisciplinary artist which explains why he does illustrations on reclaimed wood. He also does sculpting and painting. There are times however, he takes his skills from a couple of those to turn something that was thrown away (or about to be thrown away) into something beautiful.
My musician friends may cringe at the thought, but there was a time when a bunch of student violins were going to be tossed in the trash. They weren’t in very good shape as the elements had somehow gotten to them. If you’re curious as to what happens when a violin is exposed to the elements, Holly Mulcahy, Concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, wrote about Wallace Hartley, Bandleader and violinist on the Titanic. In her blog, Neo Classical, she wrote about how his violin that was supposedly found floating in the Atlantic Ocean a couple of weeks after the ship sank. She wrote of an experiment conducted where a violin was essentially destroyed in just one night of sitting in saltwater.
It does not take long to ruin a beautiful violin – no matter how well it was made. String instruments are fragile.
The student violins weren’t nearly as damaged as the violin sacrificed in that experiment but they could no longer be played so Daric took them in and did some amazing things.
One thing he did was to combine one of his fun ToeHeads to decorate the backside of a violin. There looks to be a little bit of math thrown in for good measure, too! This next piece is something I really like. He’s taken the necks off two violins and turned them into the base of a decorative shelf. What do you think of this? I think it’s absolutely beautiful. This next piece is actually a Xylophone made with Maple and African Rosewood. The colors of the wood are gorgeous! This next shelf was originally a music rack on a piano that was marked damaged. Sure you can always use it to start a bonfire << group shudder! >> but why not put it to good use as a shelf in your home? Daric even kept the original manufacturer’s emblem on it after restoring it, which I think makes the whole piece that much more beautiful and interesting. And here’s the Victor Piano and Organ Co logo – a company with a rather strange website! I’m so glad it was kept on this shelf though. Definitely lends an air of history to it. The emblem itself states that “We hereby warrant this piano for five years against defective workmanship or material.” Hmm…I wonder – does Daric offers warranties as well? Music is not confined to great concert halls. It’s not set aside solely for those with unlimited incomes and it’s certainly not limited to what you can hear on an iPod. Music is an audio medium but it never has to be confined to only one of our senses. Music and certainly the love of music can both live on well beyond the use of an old student violin or a damaged piano.
Music is art. Art is music and together, they can combine to bring us joy in every aspect of our life – whether we’re at a concert, playing an instrument at home, hanging a new, 3-D picture on our walls or just placing a decorative item on a shelf.
The combination of art and music together is life. It is happiness. Look what my friend, Daric, has done. There really are no limits.
Special thanks again to Daric for graciously allowing me the use of all his pictures!
Click here to see some of Daric’s musically-themed ToeHeads.
Daric Gill has a new blog: The Arting Artist. Please check it out and leave comments showing your support.