Hidden Creatures

02skin-overall-big

Skin exhibition overview at Cynthia Broan Gallery, 2000
I am interested in the psychology of protection. How do we create various shields to hide behind? In this research I experimented with the use of pleasant flower patterns. This distractive camouflage is aimed at diminishing the transparency of my forms and preoccupying the viewer with the object’s surface rather than its inner life.

Contrasting shapes and materials express disharmony. Clumsy heads and legless bodies dressed in elaborate fabrics are suspended from their exterior tubular steel frameworks. Without such imposed structures these lumpy creatures, in lack of their own backbone, would inevitably melt into the floor.

12One-at-a-time

One at a Time, 2000
The crank rotates the inner organ to position each nozzle precisely in the center of the slot. Steel, glass, fabric, polyester filling, rubber. 13 x 36 x 40″

13One-at-a-Time-Detail

One at a Time, detail, 2000.

13 x 36 x 40″, steel, glass, upholstery fabric, polyester filling, chrome plated brass, rubber.

14One-at-a-Time-CU

One at a Time, detail, 2000.

13 x 36 x 40″, steel, glass, upholstery fabric, polyester filling, chrome plated brass, rubber.

11Fixation

Fixation, 2000
Steel, glass, fabric, plaster, polyester filling, silicone rubber, 13 x 28 x 54″

12Fixation-detail

Fixation, close up, 2000

Steel, glass, fabric, plaster, polyester filling, silicone rubber, 13 x 28 x 54″

03Suffocation

Suffocation, 2000
Steel, fabric, polyester filling, rubber, sand. 16 x 46 x 53″

04SuffocationCU

Suffocation, close up, 2000
Steel, fabric, polyester filling, rubber. 16 x 46 x 53″

05Complete-Organism

Complete Organism, 2000
Steel, glass, fabric, polyester filling, rubber, 24 x 28 x 35″

06Complete OrganismCU2

Complete Organism, close up, 2000
Steel, glass, fabric, polyester filling, rubber, 24 x 28 x 35″

08Complete-OrganismCU3

Complete Organism, close up 2000
Steel, glass, fabric, polyester filling, rubber, 24 x 28 x 35″

07Complete Organism,CU1

Complete Organism, close up 2000
Steel, glass, fabric, polyester filling, rubber, 24 x 28 x 35″

09Symbiosis

Symbiosis, 2000
Steel, mirror, fabric, polyester filling, rubber, sand, 36 x 27 x 23″

10Reaching2

Reaching, 2000
Steel, mirror, fabric, plaster, 16 x 44 x 63″

20Prosperity

Prosperity, 2000,
Jersey fabric, latex, masking tape, rice. 30 x 60 x 36″

21Nurtured-Baby

Back to Itself, 1999,
Fabric, latex, Polyester filling. 8 x 11 x 13″

22Prosperity-2

Prosperity, 1999,
Mesh, rice. 8 x 11 x 13″

24SkinInvitation

Skin exhibition announcement and invitation. 2000
A limited edition of 750 eye masks 3 x 8″

26Disassembling-Housecoats

Disassembling house coats: The first two pieces of this series One at a Time and Fixation are covered with woman’s house coat fabric. They are like docile housewives quietly going about their duty, but controlling their environment in their sweetly passive aggressive manner.

27Max-and-Paws

My crazy cat Martin helped out where ever he could!

28Closing-One-at-a-Time

Ji came in to help me close the piece up. This was a tricky moment, as the entire sculpture is suspended in the glass.

29Photographing-Fixation

Taking pictures for my records in the comfort of my home!

30Trying-Shape-for-Symbiosis

Freshly carved dress form for my next piece.

31Dressing-Symbiosis

And now in fabric.

32Sewing-Complete-Organism

This work is maddeningly tedious. One has to keep a sense of humor!

33Inserting-Glass-in-Complete-Organism-2

Glueing it up.

34Scan

A view of my studio in Williamsburg at the time.

35Modells-for-Suffoca

Many creature models for my piece Suffocation