Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Paula Deen astounds art world with unique sculpture

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

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The February issue of Woman's Day features a cover story about Paula Deen, the diabetic butter queen, and her weight-loss program.

But more deliciously, the magazine's website includes a photo series, "Inside Paula Deen's Home," that includes this barnacle-esque work of art by Paula. It is a bust in the ancient Greek or Roman style, which Paula has decorated with a curlicue bouffant of seashells and an extravagant scarf (or whatever) that drapes the the neck and shoulders, clasped by a perfectly hot-glued starfish.

Lest you think this objet d'art is an anomaly, be informed that the photo series includes another work in progress. Is this evidence that kitschy expression in one art, like cooking, also contaminates other forms of art, like seashell gluing? Will this lead to other exotic artforms?

Here is Woman's Day's description of the work:

What does Paula do when she's not cooking? She shells!

Paula's taken up a new hobby inspired by a local Savannah woman known as The Shell Lady. After trying her hand at the art, Paula calls shelling "the best therapy ever." She starts with a basic stone bust, and then creates her own designs by hot-gluing seashells and starfish. The completed bust pictured here served as a centerpiece for the day.

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