Still Life without Woodpecker.

Still life with raygun and Gumby prob 1990 or 91 Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesI made a lot of still-life drawings and paintings in my many years in art school.

I don’t like making still-lifes, which is why I haven’t done a single one since I left school. Drawing and painting people was always what I cared about. But I am perfectly capable of doing still-life pictures, as long as I can have a little fun. Like the still life with raygun and Gumby above, probably from 1990 or 1991, when I was at MCAD. Charcoal on paper.

still life with raygun 1985ish by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne Forbes

1985-ish, still life with raygun.

Plus a coffee cup and a pitcher stacked on top of something to make more shapes and values! Ink, probably a Pilot fine-point, on paper.

Pipe drawing by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne Forbes 1986

This is also from before I got sober, at Parsons in 1987.

It’s a picture of my cigarettes and my old glass heroin smoking pipe ( I had “graduated” to snorting). I was always crying out for help, really. Fine-point pen on paper.

Still by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne Forbes Chelsea Feb 1987This one is from February 1987.

It was painted in the bathroom of the Chelsea apartment I grew up in. My mom always made sure there were vegetables in the house; I cooked sporadically, having taught myself as a teenage vegetarian.

Still life with weird duck prob 1987 to 89 by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesHere is a still life with a weird duck.

Probably 1987 to 89. Charcoal on paper.Still life with normal duck prob 1987 to 89 by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne Forbes

And here is a still life with a normal duck.

Made in the same timeframe. Pencil on paper.
Shoe acrylic on paper horizontal prob fall 1989 by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne Forbes

Color study of a shoe!

From the painting class I took through MCAD in Fall 1989, I think. Acrylic on paper.

Bathroom in St Paul by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne Forbes winter 1990Here is the bathroom of the apartment in St. Paul that I shared with Anita in winter 1990.

It was quite a dark bathroom! Pencil on paper.

Sketchbook 1990 still life by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesMy phone/answering machine. Remember those?

Graphite on paper, August 8 1990. The writing says, “Pretty fruitless but I still want that erase button for my life”.

Watermelon and Sunglasses 10 bet 1988 and 1992 by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesNow here is where it gets wild.

I don’t know for sure when I did the watermelon sunglasses pictures.

Watermelon and Sunglasses 9 bet 1988 and 1992 by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesI think it was at Parsons, where I had a class where we used a Windsor and Newton series 7 sable and Sumi ink.

Watermelon and Sunglasses 1 bet 1988 and 1992 by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesBut it could have been during Tom Garrett’s illustration class at MCAD.

Watermelon and Sunglasses 2 bet 1988 and 1992 by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesSo I am gonna say these were done between 1988 and 1991.

Watermelon and Sunglasses 8 bet 1988 and 1992 Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesThey look like the kind of thing you’d do in class, except those were my cat-eye sunglasses.

Still, I could have brought them to class.

Watermelon and Sunglasses 6 bet 1988 and 1992 by Rachel Ketchum aka Suzanne ForbesI honestly don’t remember.

I have a hazy, hazy memory of scattering the salt on the wash of ink.

It was the first time I used that technique.

That’s all I remember. They’re all 18″ by 24″, ink and salt on paper.

Seriously, if you had had to make fifteen drawings of a cut watermelon and a pair of black plastic sunglasses, using only ink, water, and salt, would you have stored it in your memories?

Most of these paintings and drawings had never been photographed; until now, no record of them existed – if we had a fire or flood they would just be gone forever.

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3 thoughts on “Still Life without Woodpecker.

  1. Victoria Aronoff

    These are great. I love the vegetables in the bathroom. Was the phallic nature of how they are organized on purpose, or is that just my dirty mind at work?

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  2. Victoria Aronoff

    i do that at the supermarket all the time! Just to amuse myself and get a good picture.

    Reply

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