Similar to the pieces in Arsenal, these are meant to arm or empower. The scale and relationship to the body refer to the self-defense weapons women are encouraged to carry.
Hand Weapons, 2016. Found objects/mixed media
1a. to perforate in an ornamental pattern 1b. to cut a saw-toothed edge on.
2a. pierce, stab 2b. to wound by irony, criticism, or ridicule.
In To Pink, photos of pink areas of my body become spikes. As shown in the definition above, this symbol of rigid gender norms that can connote passivity, and frivolity, can also embody a necessary ferocity.
To Pink, 2016. Photo paper, 16" x 32"
To Pink, 2016 (detail)
System of Correspondences
All collected within a 10 mile radius of home, these objects speak to the persistence of both nature and artificiality. Surprising formal and textural similarities arise between objects. Nature and culture become conflated when a manufactured object exposed to the elements takes on the quality of a natural object.
System of Correspondences, 2015. Found objects and bristol paper, 32 x 32"
The Nature Box
"A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indesctructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength."
The Sense of Wonder, 1956
All of these natural objects have been collected and inspected by myself and my young child. The Nature Box is in active use by my family as a way to be present, observant and curious about our surroundings.
The Nature Box (contents), 2012-present, found natural objects
The Nature Box, 2012-present. Found natural objects, reclaimed oak, found aluminum wheels
The Nature Box, 2012. Reclaimed oak, found aluminum wheels, 11" x 65" x 14"
This body of work is the record of a quest to answer the question of what a visual record of wind would look like. This includes a series of devices made for the purpose of recording wind, as well as the recorded results.
Wind Drawings: San Francisco, 2007. Aluminum, steel, found objects, marker, magnets. 3' x 5.5' x 5',
Drawing from the visual language of toy, tool, and scientific instrument, these objects exist in the space between perceiver and perceived; embodying and challenging the ways in which we internalize our surroundings, and acquire knowledge.