Portfolios > Portable Memorials and Abject Objects

Lately our lives seem shaped by loss, and the overwhelming sense that more losses—of people, precious places, species, common experiences or communal values—are to come. My work reflects upon this, engaging nostalgia and empathy as well as a kind of dark humor

Forget Them Not
found and donated artificial flowers, cast-off suitcases, repurposed mylar and construction foam
33" x 30" x 8"
Portable Memorial Garden
found and donated artificial flowers, candles and candleholders; cast-off suitcase, wire, hardware, glue
40" x 30 x 10"
donated artificial flowers, drawer of cast off child's dresser, repurposed construction foam, photos, paint, glitter
30 x 15" x 6"
Truth Kite
plasticine, repurposed construction foam, donated ribbon
48" x 24"
Alice's Garden
found wooden tray, donated artificial flowers, glue, plasticine, varnish.
12" x 5" x 4"
found and donated artificial flowers, paint, repurposed construction foam, wood pedestal
40" x 10" diameter
found and donated artificial flowers, vintage silver creamer, resin, glue, plasticine
10" x 6" x 5"
Reaching for the Light
found and donated artificial flowers, candles and candleholders; wire, hardware
25" x 18"

Artificial flowers, scraps of foam, salvaged objects and lumpy clay are potent metaphors. They share, perhaps ironically, a long half-life of environmental and emotional impacts, even as they participate in a language of temporary commemoration. One of the most critical aspects of this work is resistance to contributing to environmental costs of manufacturing and shipping materials. The objects and materials used have all been reclaimed/recycled/plucked from the waste stream: donations of the artificial flowers, plastic foam, candles, candlesticks and suitcases were solicited via social media and word of mouth, or located in thrift stores or garage sales, or otherwise recycled.