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Family


Milk separator

Cranking the milk separator was a favorite chore of Castle’s. While his family did not hold Castle responsible for daily chores, there were a few he insisted on doing. When operating the separator, he joyfully splashed milk, often onto anyone Show Morestanding nearby. Washing dishes was another beloved chore. He would fill the sink with soapy water, submerge each dish, and then slap them with a rag until they were clean.

Figures

The large cabinet in the corner of the room is a familiar one, as it makes repeat appearances in numerous drawings. The two smaller figures and the figure at the right often appear in Castle’s drawings as well. The coats carefully laid outShow More on the floor seem to affirm Castle’s understanding of perspective.


Kids

Castle’s art practice was intensely private. Despite his need for solitude, however, the children of the family tried to catch a glimpse of the artist at work. Castle’s great-nephew Pat Garrow tells a story about sometimes shimmying onto Show Morethe hitch of Castle’s trailer so he could spy on him through a window. If he shifted a tired leg during such a stakeout, Castle would feel the vibration and run out of the mobile home in search of his sister Peggy so she could administer a reprimand.

Christmas

The small string at the top of this drawing is an important feature of this Christmas-themed piece. Castle often displayed his artwork in the family home as well as in abandoned outbuildings around the property, which he transformed intoShow More makeshift galleries. The selection of art wouldn’t rotate until Castle brought a new piece to his sister Peggy and decided which one it should replace. His “galleries” in the outbuildings were more private. There he hung drawings and arranged constructions and books against a wall or on shelves.