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Lonely Monkey Puppet

Artist's Statement:

This series of paintings of the odd, the curious, and the strange, shows items I came across in two curiosity shops in an historic district in Tampa, Florida.


I saw this puppet set far away on a back wall in a curiosity shop. He looked like he had been used as a child's toy but long since discarded. To me, in the moment, he seemed alone and lonely with no other toys or other company on the shelf near him. I painted this puppet as an expression of some of my feelings during this time of pandemic –– not being with family and friends, away from all that normally makes one smile.


Oil on Canvas

10 x 10 in


Sitting makes us think of standing

Our current stance keeps on demanding

We wish to fly without the wings

Puppets move before pulling the strings. Munia Khan


It is possible to be a puppet on a string without fully realizing it. Steven Redhead

Life Is A Cocktail The way I talk to the puppets is real, and it's in the moment, and it's seeing what will happen. It's not something that is scripted. Nina Conti British actress, comedian, and ventriloquist



Art as an Oasis™

Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger

providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares

complimented by words of wisdom from a diversity of others.

from the Curiosity Shop

~ imaginative realism in the realm of the bizarre ~


"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.

It is the source of all true art and science."

Albert Einstein



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