The Doof Museum of Culture and History - established 2005
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Agatha Gloop (American,1911-2003)
A very shy withdrawn artist who did not find her true artistic voice until late in life. When she was a promising art student, Gloop went abroad to europe to study with the Surrealists. Gloop came home just two years later at her father’s request. Gloop then married and settled in the pacific northwest. There she devoted all her time and energy to take care of her husband, two children and her father who after a fashion came to live with Gloop and her family.
In 1958 two things happen that changed Gloop’s life. First, Agatha’s Husband died and six months later, her father died leaving Agatha alone with two children. In a few years, her two children went off to college, leaving Agatha alone for the first time in her life. A creative spark ignited in Agatha and she sought comfort in creating Doof Assemblages with the many collections of buttons, costume jewelry, boxes of toys and a whole garage full of treasures that her husband gathered in his life time. Agatha used the wooden boxes and cabinet drawers from her father’s many wood projects . She found a box of carved Doofs by her father and she incorporated them into her early assemblages. She soon began making her own hand made clay Doofs, hand painting them.
Her assemblages became know to the small affluent art community where she lived and an attempt was made by this group to include her work in an important assemblage show in New York, but the curator got lost with the bad directions given him and the work was never seen. Agatha never the less continued to make art for the rest of her life which ended in 2003.