The sculptural impulse in my work is tied to a view that my art making is a form of ritual, and the things I build are the artifacts and relicts of that work.
Tin glazed stoneware modeled after a glaze recipe first used in Persia 800 CE, silkscreen print on archival paper mounted to a sheet of tin and wrapped around the ceramic bust. 2021. 26 x 16 x 16 inches
I was inspired by the publication Song of Achiellies by Madeline Miller, which led me to read the Illiad, and consider the intimate relationship between Patroclus and Achilles. The historical erasure of intimacy between them is an example of how history is written by those in power. In the LGBTQ community there are too few artists who survive to be elders. The real queer coming of age is recovering ones histories; first as a viewer finding ourselves, then as a participant in the production of culture. We enfold queer traces into our creations, into our memories so we can pass them on. I made this bust of Patroclus sleeping, with a print on paper mounted to a sheet of tin draped over the face. It is an allusion to the grieving of Achiellies over his dead lover.
Ceramic, Print, Sculpture
Stoneware and earthenware slip harvested from a river bed in Haiti, silkscreen print on archival paper mounted to a sheet of tin and wrapped around the ceramic bust. 2021
Since the 16th century, people have been posting provocative political messages on a group of five Roman sculptures known as the Talking Statues. While doing research in Rome, I stumbled upon the first of these known as Pasquino. This third-century BCE Hellenistic statue was excavated and placed near Piazza Navona. In cover of night, people would paste messages satirizing the oppressive papal government. This tradition of public satire papering over these five statues continues to this day. Known as the Congregation of Wits, the statues act as places for public dialogue. It reminds me of how monuments today, are being contested, papered over, and in some cases removed, as an expression of the people. I made this bust using clay I harvested from a river bed in Haiti and then created a silkscreen print of wrestling bodies, printed onto archival paper, mounted on tin and wrapped around the face.
Glazed and unglazed ceramic, plaster, archival print on paper, 19 x 12 x 6.25 inches
My work integrates materials and methods that include ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and photography. I use assemblages to examine the lived experiences of queer people. The ceramic assemblage combines half-tone printed images of a face on crumpled paper stuffed into a form containing casts of hands and human flesh, mounted onto a print on archival coldpress etching paper.
Glazed ceramic, plaster, archival print on paper, 15.25 x 11 x 6.25 inches
Glazed ceramic and under-glaze on slip cast earthenware, silkscreen, wood, 34 x 16 x 16 inches, 2018