LURID DREAMS IN 5 DAYS Each clock has been reconfigured to contain an original poem which cycles in 1, 5 or 10 minutes. The collection forms a book reflecting on death and the subconscious.

LURID DREAMS IN 5 DAYS detail: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE VOID clock

POISON OAK BONSAI Twisting a classical symbol of cultivated beauty, Poison Oak Bonsai grows in a container painted with ground cinnabar, a dangerous, but beautiful mercuric compound that was used in Chinese alchemic elixirs and painting.

 

POISON OAK PAPER Two sheets of 16" x 22" paper made entirely of poison oak leaves printed with original poems on the relationship between beauty, pain and creativity.

 

POISON OAK PAPER detail: The irritated hand / writes.

This is not art. This is the harvest.

 

BRUISE HAMMER A cast hammer with raised fleur-de-lis motif for producing decorative bruises.

BRUISE HAMMER detail

VEGETAL MAP OF THE UNDERWORLD Cut and flattened to resemble an ancient map, a pomegranate rind is painted with miniature botanical studies of plants reputedly found in the Greek underworld: Mistletoe, Asphodel, Cypress, White Poplar, Narcissus, Pomegranate Seeds.

 

 

NAIL FETISH subverts a domestic icon of decoration and protection, a crocheted doily, with the addition of cat claws, a reference to the witches’ familiar.

THE GLOVE IS THE MASK OF THE HAND A feathered glove with elastic strap that "masks" the palm of the hand. Part of an ongoing series HOW TO SEW A GLOVE, a collection of hand-made conceptual gloves, each accompanied by an original poem. 

 

MEASURING TAPE GLOVE

STIGMATA GLOVE It is enough to dream of stigmata / in the morning, there will be bloody hands somewhere.

PRAYER GLOVES

FLYING OINTMENT: MANDRAKE Five hand-made, left-handed gloves embroidered with images of hallucinogenic herbs including Henbane, Belladonna and Monkshood that were reportedly used in witches’ flying ointments.

 

FLYING OINTMENT: HEMLOCK A commentary on women's power, the gloves are made of cheap muslin fabric but are preserved in glass-fronted boxes that are lined with silk.

LAMENT OF THE MERCHANT'S DAUGHTER This fresh money / my crumpled hands

THE PALM OBSERVERS THE EYE DETERS displayed on a mirrored platform for extra protection.

 

THE PALM OBSERVERS THE EYE DETERS detail

DEXATRIM CANDY NECKLACE Produced in conjunction with the GALA Committee for In the Name of the Place, a collaborative art intervention that inserted conceptual works into the sets of the Melrose Place television show.

INFECTIOUS CLOCK The numbers on this clock are replaced by images of microorganisms that cause major diseases such as tuberculosis and diphtheria which are making a comeback after having been largely eliminated. Produced in conjunction with the GALA Committee for In the Name of the Place, a collaborative art intervention that inserted conceptual works into the sets of the Melrose Place television show.

 

 

CONDOLENCE BELT With cigarette filters substituted for shell beads, this hand-woven belt is patterned after an Iroquois wampum belt that was used to express condolence.

 

CONDOLENCE BELT detail

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ABACUSThe egg "beads" on this one-row abacus are embellished with graphite drawings of hybrid transformational symbols from various cultures, suggesting an alternative approach to mathematical certainty.

PERSEPHONE The miniature painting inside a pomegranate illustrates the mythological cycle with wheat and the winter-blooming (and poisonous) hellebore. 

 
 

A crow threw a penny at me