A Recipe for Intellectual Stimulation Combine the following. Amounts may vary. Beauty. Otherness. Attraction. Repulsion. Land, culture, and practice. Logic. Instinct. Color, form, and texture. When combining make sure to stir often.
CAROUSEL OF THE ARCANE
In this series, I use stories and expressions to re-examine today’s cultural and social attitudes, focusing on gender identity, the attraction and repulsion display, and survival of the individual in relation to its environment. Each work is a non-linear narrative containing a multi-faceted character that is the embodiment of adaptability—protagonists of tales turned on end—characters living on the outskirts of social acceptability.
Artworks and images collected from local flea markets and estate sales have been altered during an unsanctioned collaboration between their creators and myself.
The sculptural works conjoin human anatomy with insect and plant life to create composite forms that pose frozen in suspended animation. Each individual component is selected because it possesses an attribute that the other counterparts lack. The idea is to create a symbiotic system or creature that is not only defined and understood through its diverse membership, but also enriched by it.
Begun in 2009, this series represents the archetypes that can be found in a hero's journey: the Explorer or Huntress, the Ruler, the Lover, the Outlaw, the Innocent, the Jester, the Crone. . .