A series of paintings for the people that come in second, third or last. Pieces are 10 x 10 on panel, chalk board paint with gold lettering.

Not everyone’s a winner – baby. I have heard and participated in discussions about awards. Growing up, there was a First Place, Second Place and sometimes a Third Place award for competitions. Our culture seemed to open up awards for lots of other things – not wanting to hurt any feelings, or simply be inclusive – but, that then seemed to weaken the award system.

I had grand plans with this project – starting with photographing piles of rosettes. Attempting to make some in lead, thinking of casting some in bronze – nothing every worked out. So, the set became simple 10 x 10’s.