JEMEZ SPRINGS – When you start finding old gloves by the curbs, on sidewalks, along grassy roadsides, and you start bending down to pick up those gloves and examine them and stuff them in your pocket or throw them in the back seat of your car, the law of synchronicity kicks in: Once you start finding gloves, gloves start finding you.
So it was for Jaymes Dudding, an art professor at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in the town of Chickasha. Dudding found gloves all over town – lots of work gloves blown off the backs of oil field trucks, welding gloves, cotton gardening gloves and soft wool winter gloves.
He once found a glove that was still holding onto a bloodied finger bandage. And once he spotted a discarded glove, went to investigate and found that it was smoking. He still wonders decades later about the story of those gloves.
Dudding, a sculptor who specializes in ceramics, stashed the gloves away and kept finding more. It felt like they were waiting for something. But what would that something be?