an age-old architectural device which Shirley Chaitlin has adapted for
use as a fine art structure. The verb "articulate" means to integrate
or join together a number of distinct things as a unified expression.
And this is precisely what an articulator does. As an art form
it is composed of two distinct works of art divided into segments and
assembled in such a way as to create a third work -- clearly a whole
that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The articulator, as represented here in this fine art Gallery on the
Web, is the product of many years of intensive development. Whereas
it is not unusual for an accomplished artist to produce a colorful and
acceptably well-done piece on a two-dimensional canvas in a brief period,
an articulator requires many hours of highly-skilled crafting.
In the case of larger works, as many as ninety to a hundred parts must
be meticulously hand-finished and fitted together. Entirely apart
from the actual painting of two pictures carefully designed to compliment
and embellish one another, each articulator must go through a procedure
involving more than forty steps to completion. The structure is
comprised of specially fabricated plastic extrusions joined by state-of-the-art
adhesives, to an archival standard designed to last for generations.