Studio Work > Woods

Pictured on diplay at the Richard J. Daley Library for “Thinking of Death to be Alive”
Necto I
Wood, India Ink, Glass, Iron
52" x 48" x 30"

This project is inspired by the breadth of rituals surrounding the body after death. I use raw material that I break down and then reconstitute to make one all-encompassing form. The loss of a specific form and its transformation can be traced to the writings in The Bardo Thödol and the Famadihana (The Turning of the Bones) tradition of the Betsileo people of Madagascar. The vitrine embodies the more familiar ritual of preservation as a means of engaging the body from a distance. A mode of passage for the living.