Learning To Love You More




Assignment #19
Illustrate a scene or make an object from Paul Arensmeyer's life story.

Edith Abeyta



Besides the strong interest he took in me, and in my future in the arts, we also became close personal friends. In spite of that, I still kept him on a pedestal, which I didn't completely realize until his health declined and I was told that he had listed me as one of about 10 people whom he was comfortable with as a caregiver once he became unable to take care of himself. When that time came and I started spending every Friday at home with him, I had to make a conscious effort to keep in mind that I was there because he saw me as a peer. I also had to realize that it was OK for part of him to remain on the pedestal I'd put up for him.
--Excerpt from Paul Arensmeyer's life story
edith: describe the pedestal you put your friend/ gallery owner on (i am learning towards this object the most as it did not really exist) send a drawing if it is too difficult to describe with words, height, style, shape, material, etc.
paul: The pedestal, hmmm. I guess because putting someone on a pedestal is a figure of speech I'd never really visualized it as an object.  What's coming to mind now that you've asked though is something about chest high to me, and sort of a greco-roman style and probably gold, although I guess if HE had been allowed to design the pedestal as an object it would probably have been a bright green cube maybe, or it might have been covered with reflectors, it could even have been a large tree stump.