Slick

In my Dinosaur Mosaics, I used reclaimed materials that allow new life for things others have deemed trash. They fulfill my need to save everything I possibly can from the dump. I also like the idea that my creations have inspired friends to start cleaning up the prairie, beach or wherever they are, by bringing me small bits of broken pottery, glass and rusty objects or use in my creations.



Slick
14 x 11.5 x 4"

Slick was created from the field jacket from this extinct Slylemys tortoise leg found in Sioux County, NE in the White River Formation.  The White River Formation is a sandstone and mudstone formation containing many vertebrate species formed approximately 35 million years ago when western Nebraska was continuing to cool from the very warm early Eocene epoch into, as represented here, the more ecologically diverse Oligocene epoch.  Picture at this time some deciduous trees and an expansion of grasslands.  This Stylemys tortoise ate plants and insects.


Special thanks to: J-P Cavigelli, Tate Geological Museum, Casper College; Wikipedia; U. of CO Museum of Natural History;
U of CA Museum of Paleontology; E. Evenoff, UNC Dept of Earth Sciences, GSA abstract

This mosaic is entitled Slick
, created from my pit fired pottery that had broken or that I broke for this sculpture.Slick the traveling cat comes to stay with us when her humans are out of town. She is very loving and one afternoon while snuggling with her in a patch of sunlight on the bed, I was awe inspired to create a mosaic. As a result of a lot of chin scratching and purring, it is modeled after her nose and whiskers. Her fur is gradated light to dark out from her nose, and out of each patch of dark fur, came a whisker.













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