Congress

2014

Rag paper, charcoal, ink, acrylic paint, resin, wood, steel, glass

Dimensions variable

Congress is a conjuring of ancient ancestors. The seven “mothers” of the mitochondrial DNA in our current human populations are depicted through a series of charcoal votives. I am inspired by the feminine form of Paleolithic Cycladic figurines; by entering the sacred other worlds they invoke, as well as the worlds of the artists who made them millennia ago. As I catch myself projecting fantasies onto the past my desires for the present are revealed: for different social structures or matriarchal societies, closer relationships to natural environments, daily intimate interactions with art objects, ongoing communion with ancestors, the freedom to abstract features and re-imagine the human form, and the discovery of new kinds of beauty. These objects, imbued with a utility we may never truly know, were small and meant to travel but now sit behind pristine glass boxes in museums. Congress inverts this relationship with the viewer and makes it visceral once again. By making these miniatures larger than human size I transport the viewer into another world and maybe another meditative space; the viewer becomes the ambulatory object while Congress stands stoic and steadfast.