Bottle Fly


16×24″, oil on panel, 2010


Private Collection


2011 “Masters’ Week,” Howard Schepp Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2012 “Kate Stone and David Gluck,” M Gallery, Charleston, SC

2014 “The Uncanny,” S. R. Brennen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

The text on the paper reads:

Corpulent on common fly,
I bar my own egress
From my ever narrowing
Provisional address.

Anatomy of flesh and bone
Advances on the sly;
How much must I sever
To take wing like the fly?

As the poem illustrates, a frog has made a temporary home in a bottle and grown fat on his diet of flies, only to find that he has unwittingly outgrown the exit. He has grown into his environment to the point that to leave would require the sacrifice of all the growth he has made in the meantime. Ironically, he finds himself envying the lowly fly for his mobility and freedom. We sometimes find ourselves in a similar situation in life; we sink into a routine or a lifestyle that we don’t intend to maintain for long, and before we know it time has flown by and we’ve grown comfortable in our surroundings. Leaving would require the painful sacrifice of everything we’ve built in the meantime.

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