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Flame Skimmer

Item Code: SB-100987
Mixed media
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Base price $1,773
Driftwood, mixed media assemblage.

'Oddities'. Look again. Over the years I have delved amongst these curios, rarely convinced of who, what or why they may evolve into. Until...continuing the insect theme, this orange body became that of a flame-skimmer - a marvellous species of dragonfly.
< Through the faint trademark, I traced its source to the makers in Florida. I sent an image and received a warm response.
'Hey Sid. That's a new take on our product. Very creative. We'll show our sales team.'
Apparently it can be used to a depth of 50 metres.(What might it have seen?) The gaping head with its single fang. Detail of green and blue, part bottle cap give additional colour. Flexible, rusty antennae offer subtle movement. Shadows are frightening.
Sid Burnard portraitSid Burnard was born in Brighton in 1948. Introduced to the art of beachcombing by his Romany grandmother, Sid learnt to appreciate the beauty of nature from an early age. His time at Bristol Guild of Applied Arts gave him a profound understanding of visual arts and crafts and allowed him to put his personal vision into practice.

He is now based in Borth near Aberystwyth in Wales, where the flotsam and jetsam from the nearby sea is his only source of materials. Working with found objects, nothing is changed - simply introduced to one another. His driftwood pieces, usually birds, boats or mythical beasts, are full of his passion, integrity and wonderful humour.
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