This is kind of a departure from writing about bad beats, slot jackpots and legislative wrangling, but there's a local angle and it involves cards: Pompano Beach artist Susan Clifton was selected as the Florida representative of Art in Hand’s USA Project. That's a deck of playing cards showcasing specially made art work from talent across the country.
Clifton’s surreal image is called “Zelda Escapes the Lawn,” and is on the 2 of clubs in the deck. She submitted a mixed-media painting on canvas, and the work "depicts a pink flamingo in a fabric mosaic with a graceful neck and body forming the number 2, framed by deep-blue water and a tropical leaf." (Those are her words via a press release; my art analysis would say 'it's a flamingo.') The work combines abstraction and realism, she adds.
One artist from each state did a card, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are 54 cards because of two jokers.
“When people think of Florida, they think of the pink flamingo. It’s a Florida icon,” Clifton said in her release. “The title came from my memories as a child and the plastic pink flamingos that were on everyone’s lawns.”
Clifton, a long-time Pompano Beach resident, attended Philadelphia College of Art as a painting major and studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She worked for many years as an advertising art director, graphic designer and Web developer before returning to her first love, painting, she says in the release.
Her art background: In 2009, Clifton was one of only 10 artists selected to participate in the show, “DBA… Artist Entrepreneur,” and she was awarded a Broward County grant for her exhibit, “Art Aquatic,” which opened last year. Her work is shown in galleries and public spaces throughout Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
And if you're playing with the cards and call pre-flop with ace-3, the flop comes out 4-5-x, then the turn is a 2 of clubs, it's a beautiful card.
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