Untitled (Heart, Fish, Pear)
Medium:Wood and Textile
Woden table with skinny legs , a shelf at the middle and a drawer at the top. Top of drawer has a red painted wooden heart. Drawer is open and has fabric fish in it. Middle shelf has the lid to the top heart and a wooden carved pear.
Two local Grand Rapids artists joined together to reach beyond their artistic comfort zones to create this work of art. Dellas Henke, a professor at GVSU, is best known for his printmaking, drawing, and photography, but also experiments with painting, woodworking, and furniture making. Esther Lutikhuizen is a mixed media artist who focuses on textiles, specifically recreating images and photographs in a cartoon-like style of hand crafted, stuffed dolls. Created while the two artists were in a relationship, there are many symbols of life and love in the artwork. Pears in art often symbolize a long life, and an abundance of life. Fish often represent prosperity, wealth and happiness.