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[Taking A Break]

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Moore, Eddie, Deacon, 1913-
• Variety of wood • Platform - a low-density pine (white or yellow) • Grass - wooden shavings • Saddle - Balsa wood • Ball point ink • Casing/Finish Nails • Plastic wire/line
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The object is a painted wooden sculpture of a scene
related to a newspaper photograph.
Moore remakes the scene in the newspaper clipping he features as a backdrop for this wooden diorama. Both depict a couple laying under a tree embracing while their horse hovers over them. It is apparent that Moore wanted to recreate the scene exactly as he spares no minor detail; including the angling of the male figure's hat on his knee, fixating him with glasses, and even giving the horse a long bushy tail.
Deacon Eddie Moore was born and raised in Texas. He worked as a policeman and clergyman for the majority of his adult life. At the age of 35 he began his art career, making sculptures and wooden dioramas. Usually giving most of his creations away to friends and family it was not until he met the Rev. John J.L. Hunter (notable folk artist) at a church affair that his career shifted. Rev. Hunter put Deacon Moore in contact with folk art collectors and other art business professionals. In return Moore built Hunter a studio for his gesture. Two-dimensional newspaper photographs inspire Deacon Eddie Moore's sculptures and dioramas. With only knives and chisels he is able to recreate flat images into life-like works of art. Moore's work has been featured at the White House and the African American Museum in Dallas.
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