The Persistence of the Cell Phone

   by Alison Johnson for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: The Persistence of Memory

Inspiration Artist: Salvador Dali

Is your cell phone like mine? Persistently buzzing, chiming and alerting you to texts and tweets? Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory" is updated for today's world with my interpretation of his most recognizable work in "The Persistence of the Cell Phone". A very surprised Dali answers his melting iphone. I made Salvador's head by forming chavant clay around floral foam and some shredded newsprint, then sculpted and painted his features. Dali's mustache and cell phone are both made from Sculpey. I painted the canvas board, recreating Dali's work, but replaced the abstract figure with a 3D sculpture made from canvas cloth glued together and stuffed with newsprint. The figure's "mustache" is made from some unraveled rope. Large ants, made from Sculpey and wire, are crawling on his dreaming figure. I used lacquer on the wood and Dali's eyes and lips. The tree is made from a wooden dowel wrapped in wire. Hanging from the tree is a melted cell phone made from plastic pellets. Another cell phone, made from the paper rules is on the table. So the next time your mobile device rings, answer it with, "Hello, Dali!"