It was Black Friday and while most people were battling mall parking lots or waiting in mile-long lines at Target, I was checking out a new thrift shop on Capitol Hill in downtown Seattle. Everything was 50% off so when I found this painting that cost slightly more than what I would normally spend on a piece from a secondhand store, I thought, “Meh…why not splurge a little?”
From the bid card on the back, it looks like this was part of a school fundraiser. The artist, Reba S. Bigelow, had handwritten the title of her work in pencil on the back.
“A State of Oblivion,” it said. While I have no idea what it went for in that auction, the price tag in front of me said $14.99. Paying half price for it meant that I could have it for $7.50. SOLD!
Luckily, the artist had also taped her card to the back so I was able to Google search her to learn more about the woman behind this particular state of oblivion.
Reba is originally from Kansas but married a Seattleite. Her interests include line dancing and volunteering. I even found this YouTube video of an interview she did while her art was on display at ArtNotTerminal (https://www.antgallery.org/) in August of 2005.
What I like most about Mrs. Bigelow’s painting is how abstract it is due to the lack of facial expression. I guess being in a state of oblivion shields us all from extreme emotions and leaves everyone guessing…