The Nite-Nite Light 2009 10 x 30 x 5 in. Wood, fabric, dolls, lights. If your government-issued ID lists your sex as female, the plight for equality may be more tenuous than you believe. You’re a pro at enduring modern-day patriarchy. You’re armed with quips and comebacks that’ll put any chauvinist en garde. You’ll make sure to look pretty and smell great doing it. Meanwhile, your sisters are fighting to be born. Years ago, I stumbled across a statistic […]
Shortly, a good friend will welcome her first baby. She’s one of the last of my college era friends to start a family. It’s possible I’ll feel a palpable shift when she has the kid; the little girl will be born somewhere around my birthday. In fact, I’m secretly betting we’ll soon share the birthday. As I press on into my mid-thirties, I can’t help but wonder whether I would like my own family. A girl must tread carefully near […]
I had several photos of red and blue pet carriers and white barcodes from another project. The colors were appealing so I did some computer magic and made ‘em into a flag. It seemed fitting… America buys a lot of crap, especially for our pets.
The Big Black Marble 2009 20 x 18 x 18 in. Globe, plastic vials, ink, cooking oil. This used to be a globe. Now it’s more of a contraption. Twenty plastic vials protrude from its surface. The idea was to signify the largest petroleum fields on the planet. So I blacked out the oceans and continents to represent the Earth as a black, crude-producing ball. Those vials are filled with cooking oil and ink. Well, most of them still are. […]
Black Cat 2006 42 x 17 x 1 in. Mixed media, paper, dental floss, mirror. I created Black Cat in 2006 while living in San Diego. This piece was an explosion of a lot of cynicism I had been feeling. The Iraq war was on and it seemed to be about maintaining resources, not freeing people. Furthering our own lifestyle, not so much improving the rest of the world’s. I had been experimenting with making chains of rolled money. I […]
The Tapeworm 2010 Mixed media, magnetic tape, Styrofoam, wood, television. The Tapeworm is made of Beta, VHS, Reel to Reel and other varieties of magnetic tape, all sewn to fabric and made into a “worm”. We’ll call him George. I worked on this with fellow artist, Janet English. The Tapeworm has a video screen face that loops historical clips, warning about pollution and shit. Most of the clips were produced 40 to 60 years ago, showing conditions in rivers and […]
Photos by: Jessie Wilson and André Elias Dick Head 2008 72 x 48 x 36 in. Adult-sized costume, masks, clothing, plastic. This is Dick Head, the six-headed Dick Cheney costume. Meet Executive Frankenstein. I figured the smirk on his face signaled he was pleased with himself, so I put a mask on an extend-able neck. You can work it from inside the suit so Dick can make out with himself. Dick is a riot to wear. Once, just for kicks, […]