Ask My Sister-in-law Narda about Art and She Would Say It's a Puzzle to Her

100_0305My sister-in-law, Narda, is an accomplished jigsaw artist.  She puts together these incredibly  beautiful jigsaw pictures. Of course some connoisseurs of fine art  might prefer to call her  an artisan. The  artist  being whoever conceived the composition and  design.  But if you would  ever see  the finished artifact of  hours of  patiently interlocking all the pieces to the puzzle, you wouldn’t  quibble about the term artist.   She is a genuine  time-honored artistic  collaborator.  After all, da Vinci had his assistants to complete the Last Supper.  And shouldn’t we give credit to those unsung artists who actually put together the Picasso in Daley Plaza?

Narda’s  been doing jigsaw art for years.  She’s done so many that she and her husband Joe have run out of walls to hang them on in their Bolingbrook home.  Joe– who probably knows more about  tropical fish than many marine biologists do—gets her  pictures framed at the local Hobby Lobby. She’s partial to  images of majestic  tigers and other noble  creatures in the wild.

She recently made a gift to us of a few of  her masterpieces.  Like the shimmering swimming  dolphins above.   The Hobby Lobby at 87th and Harlem did an exceptional job of framing it, and it comports  well with the seashell pattern of the  wallpaper border in our downstairs lavatory, in some way enlarging its small space.  Don’t they say art can be expansive?

When you come to think of it, jigsaw art is a metaphor of life itself.  We have all the pieces.  But making sense of the picture takes a lot of patience and skill.

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  • The artist/artisan issue would be resolved if she got her own scroll saw.

    Strangely speaking, the only jigsaw puzzle with more than about a dozen pieces I could complete was a road map of the state of Illinois. That was in the days when it wasn't a symbol of disgrace, nor when I-355 was on it.

    And I'm sure she could go to some home decor store to get more standing partitions on which the hang the puzzles (sort of like Japanese screens, but sturdier).

  • In reply to jack:

    I never had the patience either. George W. Bush worked in reverse. He came into office when the economy, some would say, was picture-perfect, and when he left, it was in all pieces.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    So, are you saying that I got the honorary Ryan-Blago-Quinn edition of the map, but a couple of decades too early?

  • The world is made by the singer for the dreamer.”
    ― Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I knew one day you would get an Oscar.

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