Recently, my wife and I have been trying to sell our house in order to move back to our hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to begin two individual nonprofit arts organizations. In order to create a “show ready” feel to the house we had to treat it as if it were a model home. No dishes in the sink, place settings at both the kitchen and the patio table with cute little silverware adornments. Very sterile and blaah. The worst thing was that I couldn’t use our studio space to work. It was too messy and I never knew more than two hours before someone was coming to see the house.
What does all of this have to do with King Kong on top of the Space Needle holding Uncle Sam?
In a word….Everything.
I make a lot of work, and sometimes I need a little refresher that I’ve made a certain thing. I rediscovered this print in one of my files while passing time organizing in the studio. It is the first real linocut I had ever done, and I still love the image.
What else does this image have to do with selling my house….
Well, today at five o’clock PST our final counteroffer to potential buyers will expire. We are under the impression from our realtor that it will not be accepted by them. This will make it official that our house is unsaleable without us losing a lot of money in this current market. The plan is to take the house off the market, hunker down here in Portland, and focus our efforts towards this city.
So the image is celebration and representative of another chapter in our lives unfolding in the Pacific Northwest. Our plans have drastically changed within the past couple of days(we were set to leave by November 1), but we are extremely excited about the opportunities that have presented themselves.
plus, we get to live in a really rad house.
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