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The Little Brown Wodget

By dudler
I bought this delightful little object at a show at Woodbridge Art Club a decade ago. It wasn't expensive, and is a wonderful object to hold. It sat, for several months, on the windowsill of the room I rented while I was working in Harlow.

It fascinates me: it's not representational, doesn't look like anything that I can recognise, but it seems to me to be all about a modest yearning, a desire to be and to achieve the best it can. But I am sure that even if it had fists, it would never pump them.

It's full of yearning and aspiration and niceness: it ought to be a character in a wonderful children's book.

And it definitely needed a name, so I gave it one. It's little, and brown, and the shape suggested, somehow, that it is a Wodget.

Maybe, one day, someone will write the story.

Tags: Close-up and macro Saturday shadows

Voters: AlfieK, saltireblue, woolybill1 and 46 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2266 United Kingdom
30 May 2020 8:58AM

Quote:full of yearning and aspiration and niceness

What a wonderful description. We all need a Wodget in our lives.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.0k 67 Norway
30 May 2020 8:59AM
Its shape reminds me of one of those rocking birds you only ever seemed to see in barbers shops in the old days. They bobbed up and down a few times before taking a slurp of water...all done with mercury, if I remember vaguely correctly...
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
30 May 2020 9:11AM
The Wodget appears to be made entirely of clay, and doesn't nod: I think it is a very serious little creature, which deserves to be happy.
Alfie_P Plus
13 679 2 United Kingdom
30 May 2020 9:20AM
It may be influenced by Egyptian art, possibly a cat ? Love the name for it though and the image, John
kaybee 16 7.4k 26 Scotland
30 May 2020 9:35AM
Ever seen 'How To Train Your Dragon'? ................ it reminds me of one of the dragons.
Looks like a very new born antelope looking out on her brand new world with those very characteristics you mentioned John. I think it very beautiful, thank you for sharing.
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
30 May 2020 9:38AM
We appreciate it more as we see the different angles.
Looks tactile - is it a stress buster?
jacomes Plus
5 26 16 Portugal
30 May 2020 9:47AM
Looks a very tactile piece, and can make some wonderful shadow shapes.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
30 May 2020 10:05AM
Very tactile indeed - slightly rough pottery: I recall that there was a slip of paper with it suggesting that shoe polish was good for it. I might try a light waxing with clear stuff - I love the colours as they are.
30 May 2020 10:09AM
A fabulous thing to behold, John. And a multitude of shadow possibilities.

mac Plus
19 8 Scotland
30 May 2020 11:00AM
It looks like it needs a bit of loving, and from your notes it did succeed! It casts a mean shadow as well!!
chase Plus
15 1.8k 442 England
30 May 2020 11:12AM
Thought it was a visiting pet snail John, a lovely tactile thing whatever its name.
30 May 2020 11:37AM
I like the wodget and the angle and shadow. I'm sure it must be a cat
DeSilver Plus
13 14 12 England
30 May 2020 12:06PM
Oh! Its one of those things. Now what are they?
Can't remember.🙄 But I know what it looks like. I'm also sure that it is now legal to own one.

Possibly related to the widget?

JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
30 May 2020 12:36PM
Beautifully tactile and it looks like marble, with great shadows.
Joline Plus
14 30 58 United States
30 May 2020 1:02PM
It is a unique self and needs no further explanation. IT IS.
Love the various shadows that come from it. A splendid and personable piece of art.
30 May 2020 4:23PM
a bizarre and friendly-looking item
30 May 2020 9:10PM
A little widget with an imposing shadow.

31 May 2020 1:04AM
Looks like burnished wood or pit fired porcelain, John....and in the style of more ancient human art artifacts. And, by the casts great shadows.

dimalexa 3 5 Greece
31 May 2020 3:57AM
A very beautiful moderne sculpture. I agree with Alfie about the influences. It gives great shadows. Wonderful photos, John!

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