96" x 150" x 8"...3 large separate panels, mixed media, based on the following original poem, written in a state of beautiful madness:
This is a love letter to the nobility of new life born from decay.
This is a love letter to all things that we are given and cannot take.
And I wait. A warehouse full of boxes to be unpacked. A constellation of dust to be settled. This is a love letter to the only one who can decipher a language spoken only by a field of grasses.
8ft x 4ft x 1ft; Drywall, cat skull, resin, string, bullet ants, ink, pencil, paint, lace, and mylar, 2009.
These pieces were destroyed in shipping, and only small fragments were salvageable. The irony of their creation, journey, and ultimate destruction upon their arrival is poetic in and of itself.
Detail of the deep five inch cavity, embellished with plaster cast baroque elements. The cavity itself contains bullet ants, mylar, painted hand, thread, lace, and ink.
For more information about the creation of this particular body of work, please watch the video on my "more" page, under "biography."
Detail of the five inch deep cavity, lower part containing a cat skull suspended by thread. Bullet ants, mylar orchids, lace, and shells.
8ft x 4ft x 1ft; Drywall, bird skeleton, feathers, resin, string, bullet ants, ink, pencil, paint, lace, and mylar, 2009
Detail showing bird skeleton, mylar orchids, thread, shells, and painted bird and grasses.
Detail of painted bird and bird skeleton...
Detail of cast plaster baroque elements and resin...
8ft x 4ft x 1ft; Drywall, feathers, resin, string, black widow spider, dental floss web, duck skull, ink, pencil, paint, lace, and mylar, 2009
Detail of cast plaster baroque elements and resin, bullet ants..
Detail of bullet ant under the skin of the wall...
Detail of five inch deep cavity containing black widow, floss web, mylar flowers, duck skull, and bullet ants. Cast plaster baroque elements.
Detail of web and spider...
This show is based on a poem. Brazillian bullet ants crawl up the wall under the "skin" of the wall and into the resin, which was spilling out of submerged frames. The frames were made from cast plaster silicon molds, then sanded and sculpted to seamlessly melt into the wall. The paintings themselves were highly complex dioramas consisting of things like a spiderweb made from dental floss, which held an actual black widow; a cat skull with the word's "Beautiful Madness" inscribed into it, and which was suspended by thread and crawling with Bullet ants; an actual bird skeleton; and bleached out orchids, hand cut from mylar. The layers of resin exceeded twenty per piece, the time in making these stretched into hundreds of hours.