The lion in my piece holds these qualities and reverence, but is also an illustration of my inner child at play. He is both heroic and goofy; his ﬂoppy ears are large, and though his mouth with the sharp pointed teeth appears dangerous, his large red tongue lolls in the middle like a dog on a hot day. His lengthy curved wooden payes (sideburns of the Orthodox) almost touch the ﬂoor. His eyes are large and cartoony. His appearance stems from my love of comics, which I read voraciously as a child and from which I learned to draw.
Leonard’s materials are old and worn, his appearance is both wise and silly, and he embodies strength and sensitivity. The menorah nestled like a crown at the top of his mane denotes his sacred identity. He is a self-portrait: In him I see myself as an artist, a child, and a man.
Leather, pitchfork tines, plywood platform with wheels, snowshoes, other mixed media objects
91 x 40 x 85 in.