I actually got to view a piece by Outa Lappies today! It’s like they placed it there just for me to discover. It was one of his infamous lamps made from found tin and broken bottles and it was everything I imagined and so much more. It was completely a chance occurrence though that I was in that particular room. Janean had arranged for Chelsea to accompany us while we did the climate control check in the store rooms so she could get an idea of the magnitude of the collection and work to be done. We don’t normally go with Janean everyday on her rounds, or go to every store room, but today was more or less a convenient time for all of us. We had made it to the 6th floor when I had glanced around the corner and there it was, sitting among two or three other unrelated objects on an examination table. I recognized it instantly. Just short of jumping up and down squealing, I rushed over the table to confirm what I already knew was true. Then, to an even greater surprise, I noticed a rolled up embroidered cloth that was, in fact, one of the famous chapters of his life! After reading and researching so much about Outa, it was such a privilege to get to see these works of art before they are even available to be viewed by the wider public. I can’t wait to learn more and hopefully be able to contribute to the work being done on proposing an exhibit of his work next year.
p.s. Interview with the cleaning lady on the first floor is a go!! (thanks to Janean) Now, I just have to find out her name before I actually begin speaking with her.