Since I entered the Trial by Comics Contest "Magic: The Gathering II" with my drawing EMRAKUL about 9 months ago, this drawing has made quite an odyssey. In my entry I described the ordeal I went through in creating it, and now it seems there is a curse on it. Let me explain:
When I sent my drawing EMRAKUL off to Poland at the end of August for the Magical Dreams V exhibition (together with 2 paintings), for some unexplainable reason the Post managed to break the frame and shatter the glass. How that happened I cannot figure out, since this piece was sandwiched between the paintings, and they were not damaged. I packed it very carefully, thinking they should survive a trip around the world and be dropped from a plane without damage. So after attending the opening on September 7th 2019, I took it home with me.
Opening of Magical Dreams V at Gallery Bator in Szczyrk, Poland
along with Emrakul, I had 2 paintings in this show, so the day was not completely lost.
The broken frame I might be able to cut up into one about half the size. The drawing had scratches from the glass which I was able to fix (restoration took almost as much time as the initial work). A couple of weeks ago I found a frame at Boesner and I re-framed it. The outside dimension of the frame is roughly 50 x 60 cm. I found a box 70 x 70 cm and packed it in there, double bubble wrap, sandwiched between styrofoam sheets and double corrugated cardboard, the empty spaces filled with styrofoam slabs (salvaged from a construction site), wads of filler paper and additional bubble wrap wadded up. The box itself is triple strength corrugated cardboard. It should survive a trip to the dark side of the moon without damage.
I am already curious though if it makes it to Poland without getting trashed ..... going to mail it within the next few days.
This how it was originally framed - a antique frame.
It got broken in the mail.
This is a frame I got from Boesner, it is a object-box frame, the line is called "Stockholm". So the matboard and drawing are set back from the glass by a narrow spacer.
I posted on Facebook, and here is a relevant comment tread:
- Paula Rosa:
Wow! that was an odyssey! I hope it arrives in perfect condition.
- Otto Rapp:
I can only hope ...... from the photos that the gallerist sent me, it looked like the package had been hit from the side with a sharp object. While this one I am sending now could withstand a lot, it would not withstand getting hit with a pick-ax!
- Paula Rosa:
😃 I hope they're not using pick-axes anymore at the Post Office. Love the drawing! Good luck, dear friend.
Visit my website
PRINTS OF MY ARTWORK AVAILABLE HERE: