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Your Catfish Friend

Philip Campbell's avatar Philip Campbell

YOUR CATFISH FRIEND began as a 22.5 foot long, 11.5 foot tall, 2 inch thick wall of solid African mahogany. This size perfectly fits the north wall of the middle room in the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art for which the piece was created. The installation was on exhibit there from February 6 – April 18, 2015. Over a period of 13 months (January 1, 2014 – 9:30pm January 30, 2015) the imagery was drawn out in graphite, color coded with sharpies, hand-carved with a mallet and chisels and finally painted with brushes as small as a 0. This imaginary narrative is actually a collage of images from my experiences, my journey through this life in hopes that it will spark your fondest memories. We spend so much of our lives chasing whatever is next and more. Spend a few moments with the catfish king and remember someone or something beautiful. Just before I finished the wall I was introduced to Richard Braughtigan’s poem Your Catfish Friend. The poem seemed to perfectly embody my piece.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 24 inches
  • Medium: Hand Carved and Painted African Mahogany
  • Width: 22.5 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 11.5 feet