“How Does Your Garden Grow,” is a 2011 installation at the Crane Hall, Philadelphia. The materials are wallpaper, tree branches wrapped in seam-binding tape, fringe, and porcelain doilies.
I “harvest” materials from the natural world — tree branches, pine cones, acorns and suchlike — and combine these items with other found objects, floral wallpaper or fabric, and newly created ceramic objects into indoor site-specific installations. These installations promote cross-pollination between outdoors and indoors and create a dialogue between nature and artifice. “How Does Your Garden Grow” in particular represents the moment in high summer when growth is at its lushest and hanging fruit — the porcelain doilies, perhaps — are ripe and perfect for picking.
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Installation / Installaatio
A contrast of life and death, funeral and festival.
This work was created as part of “The Fall Of The Majestic Elk” project (http://majesticelk.weebly.com/)
The skull, a found object from a second hand shop in London, was the starting point to the work and was already sprayed gold. In this form it had been a piece of work used by an artist called Piers Wardle who died in Dec 2009. Taking his work and using it a new piece seems a fitting tribute emphasising the themes of death and renewal in the piece.
Relic #21 after Piers Wardle, 2011. (35cm x 60cm x 35cm. Artificial flowers, wire, paint, bone).
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Sculpture / Kuvanveisto