Angel

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Angel

Dimensions variable, roughly 27 x 20 x 9"

Constrained gourds (grown in molds), wire, section of deer antler.

Medusa’s Revenge (Self-Portrait With Progeny)

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Medusa’s Revenge (Self-Portrait With Progeny)

Constrained (mold grown) gourds, stain. Dimensions variable, roughly 32x34x12”

Medusa is a mythical hybrid woman, whose appearance was altered by Athena as punishment for having been raped in Athena's temple by Poseidon.  I have surrounded my image (a gourd grown in a cast of my face) with some of my garden progeny, an ode to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and our relationship with and reliance on other species to understand our complete nature.

Constrained Justice

Constrained Justice

Constrained gourd (grown in mold), frame. 27x18x4”

This piece is constructed to reference lady justice. Historically the blindfold in this context represents impartiality, the ideal that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power, or other status.   But blindfolds (and political institutions) have also been used to keep the wearers in the dark, restricting our most developed sense, depriving the wearer of visual agency.

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Imperfect Consilience

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Imperfect Consilience

Constrained (mold-grown) gourd, metal stand, glass and copper.
Dimensions variable, roughly 18x8x8”

Constrained (mold-grown) gourd, metal stand, glass and copper.

Dimensions variable, roughly 18x8x8”

This piece is a contemplation on identity and our relationships with other species.  Made from a gourd grown in a mold of my face, it is a collaboratively formed self-portrait.  The glass-covered aperture offers glimpses of the “inner workings” of my plant-based facsimile.

Entanglements

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Entanglements

Natural latex casts of mushrooms, velvet, beads, stand made from repurposed furniture parts. 28x40x12”

A rumination about resilience, community and connectivity

Monuments

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Monuments

Natural latex casts made from trees scarred by logging activity.

Two pieces each is approximately 41x17x4”

Building on my investigations of interspecies entanglements, I have created “skins” made from natural latex casts of trees that were scarred by logging equipment over forty years ago. These irregularities (where the trees have been forced to change their growth patterns) document the coercive forces surrounding these organisms and the resilience in their adaptations to the changed environment.  The bark of the trees, much like human skin, is more than a protective surface but also a monument to experiences, heritage and history. The impressions serve as visual metaphors for the damage we endure and inflict (both visible and hidden) and the beauty of resilience.

Scars, visible or not, make us who we are and these nuanced casts reveal decades of ductility as the trees responded to trauma. Our culture often disdains the irregular – the scars and disfigurement that can accompany trauma, age and the passage of time.

Dyad (The Other Side)

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Dyad (The Other Side)

Approximately 3.5’hx2’x1’5’

Constrained gourds, repurposed globe stand

For Sale - 8,500.00

Dyad (the other side) resulted from rumination on duality, specifically related to global population and inequity of resources.

Obstruction By Proxy

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Obstruction By Proxy

Five pieces, dimensions variable roughly 3’- 4.5’h 8-12” w

Constrained gourds (grown in cages) lab stands and clamps

Obstruction by Proxy is a physical manifestation of the limits of our attempts to manipulate and control other species and an illustration of their resistance.

The Long Shadow

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The Long Shadow

(Constrained gourd, etched copper, wax, glass, wood). 33hx13wx13”
Constrained gourd (grown in a mold)
 etched copper, wax, table.

For Sale 5,500.00

A rumination on unintended consequences.