birds on a wireby David Montgomery
- the story
Waiting In the Wings
Like a window that leads to somewhere you've been or a place you might like to go, David Montgomery's charming, intriguing, and contemplative shadowboxes are tiny worlds that feature images and objects from everyday life but with an added sense of romance, mystery, and magic.
Juxtaposing the natural and the artificial, this piece pauses a common scene capturing its understated beauty. This limited edition, wooden shadowbox is lovingly and entirely handmade and hand-painted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and signed by the artist.
- Item ID
- Made from
- brass, glass, paint, pine wood, plywood
- 17" H x 6.25" W x 4.25" D
- Care: remove dust with a soft brush or canned compressed air.
- the maker
Artist David Montgomery's meanderings have led him all over America and Europe, always working with his hands and collecting skills, techniques, materials, and memories.
In college, David was a figure sculptor and landscape painter, but neither of those promised an easy time earning a living.
"If I had known of the fine-crafts world, I might have plunged into it immediately, and by now I'd be one of the grizzled, founding veterans of the business. Instead I embarked for years of traveling around the country, working as a scenic artist and making props and design models for theatre and opera."
In various cities he has worked as a cabinetmaker and carpenter, built historic recreations for museum installation, and created special effects, animations and miniatures for television and cinema.
Until a couple of years ago, David was making precise, elaborate, scale models for high-tech firms. He married a successful craft artist, and helped her with prototypes and construction, always imagining that there must be a way to apply his skills to something that was entirely his own. The result: his collection of one-of-a-kind aviaries.
"It's satisfying to at last find an outlet for so many of the odd talents and aesthetics I've collected."
David shares a studio with his frequent collaborator and wife, Karen Krieger. They attended Yale University at the same time, but didn't know that until several years later. They share a love of travel, old books, decorative arts and a young daughter.
David lives with his family in southern Vermont.
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