Ashes to Ashes

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This piece is made in a late grandfather’s violin (thank you Jeanne and luthier Susan Hopkins for helping me get it/open). This is in the current show at the Smith Healing Gallery in DC – details here. Without saying too much, I love string instruments that have f-holes. This particular violin echoes a coffin, and the figure of Pierrot is trying to make his way to the Land of the Dead. He is constrained by gold thread, held by clergy-like figures. He is also being pulled onward by silver thread, and is trapped between two worlds. I wonder about famous souls who were idolized during their lives (David Bowie, for example), and how the mass grief of a society might effect a transition to, say, the Land of the Dead.

Liquid

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I’ve been experimenting with putting layers in lucite. This evil eye jellyfish is made from Tyvek and a Bones Bearing shield, paper and, um, hair.  The resin gives the sense it’s really swimming.

This is for an upcoming visionary show in DC, which I’ll talk about shortly.

The Worry Dolls

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Wikipedia says it best:

“A person (usually a child) who cannot sleep due to worrying can express their worries to a doll and place it under their pillow before going to sleep. Some medical centers use them in conjunction with treatment for disease in children. According to folklore, the doll is thought to worry in the person’s place, thereby permitting the person to sleep peacefully. The person will wake up without their worries, which have been taken away by the dolls during the night.”

The doll is tough as old shoe leather. Literally. Therefore, she’s extremely durable and able to handle extra heavy-duty anxieties  She’s suspended by thread.

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Here are a few more:

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beauty

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