Fellow Saltwater artist Pat Higgins recently emailed me a photo snails on a vertical rock formation because they reminded her of my gallery display of snail magnets (see my blog post from 9/17/19). Oscar Wilde once said "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life..." but I certainly think there is an equally valid argument to be made for the opposite sentiment. I know that after first coming up with the idea of creating snail magnets, I then had to figure out a way to effectively display them. A memory from my youth (and that is going back some!) of periwinkle snails attached to pier pilings came to mind and I was able to recreate a version of that image by attaching two short lengths of old cedar post to a length of weathered board. Finished snails could then be affixed to small magnets that had been imbedded in each post resulting in an appealing, and somewhat life-like, presentation. As for Mr. Wilde's observation regarding life and art, I think that, in the end, it may come down to the same conundrum as in the "chicken and the egg" debate. As for the snail magnet display, I keep having to replace the snails, so it would seem that visitors to the gallery relate to this creation resulting from a childhood memory.
Cynthia Smith, Maine artist, originally from Connecticut. Taught art at secondary level for 35 years, retired in 2004. Sculpts in bronze, wood, stone, clay & plaster. Her work can be seen at several mid-coast Maine galleries and shows.