Bella Dama

2016

Aqua resin, dirt, glass beads, stainless steel bucket, trowels, brush, leather gloves

7’ x11’ x 2’

I made the mold for this piece during my excavation of my families’ burial ground for our pets and farm animals on their property in rural Pennsylvania. The skeleton I unearthed belongs to my horse. I brought the mold back to my studio in Brooklyn and made this cast, then beaded an intricate burial shroud for it reminiscent of Victorian era mourning jewelry, Egyptian funerary goods and Christian mourning practices like the jeweled skeletons of “The Catacomb Saints.” The high craft of the hand beaded shroud is meant to sharply contrast the rawness of the bones beneath. This horse was a member of our family for 20 years; I believe she deserved the labor of those thousands of beads.