Garlands for the Listener (Stephanotis Fence), 2018
Paper clay, epoxy clay, Aqua Resin, wire, chain link fence panel
72 x 60 x 5 in
Cooper Union Artist-in-Residence Exhibition (New York), August 2018
Hunter College 205 Project Space (New York), August-September 2018
Stephanotis is a flowering vine that grows on a chain link fence in my family's backyard. The name of this flower derives from two Greek words: stephanos (crown) and otos (ear). The shape of the flower resembles a crown of petals around a tubular form similar to an ear canal, and the flowers themselves grow out in a crown formation of five or six from a single stem. In Hawaii this flower is strung into lei - or garland - to honor a loved one on a significant occasion. This new work honors the listener. I wanted to visualize a kind of empathetic listening (flowers blossoming from an ear canal) that guides us beyond the barriers and fences that are part of our time. This work will develop into an expanded installation.
Watchful Wall, 2018
Copper, wood, concrete