AOD: Arrangement in Black

Architectures of Defense

Fantasy Coffin: Bury Me Upside Down

Fault of Form

Monument to Museum Preservation and Conservation

New York City Bar Graph

Parking Lot Island

Return to the Raw

Riot City

The Bygone City


Sculpture Combines

November 4, 2011
Sympathy: False Arms for RhampsinitusAntipathy: Investigative Tool
Obsidian. 1.5”d x 2.5”w x 6”h Antipathy reveals how the qualities of one thing are defined by its precise difference to another. The Egyptian Pesesh-kef knife is used during an ‘Opening of the Mouth’ ritual, touched to the lips of the mummy to signify the beginning of the afterlife with the mouth. The Investigative Tool is a playful judgment on gendering the afterlife.
Convenience: Right Foot Slipper
Walnut. 3/8”d x 1”w x 3”L Convenience is a type of resemblance where the contiguous placement of things reveals contextual relationship. The Front Left Foot is a fragment - the remaining piece of a miniature figure forever lost to us. The foot signifies material presence at the same time as it connotes absence. The slipper is made in the same scale to complete symmetry of absence.
Parity: Bloodless Diamond
Gold and pebble.
Emulation: The Double Index
Maple. 9/16”d x 9/16”w x 10.5”h Emulation has a mimetic quality where qualities of one are doubled back to the other. This mirroring influences the meaning of one thing over another, effectively altering their original meaning. Clappers are musical instruments that go only one step toward representation to aestheticize the act of clapping. The Double Index follows the same logic with two pointer fingers.
Copula: Thumb Hospital
Copula links two different things together, between subject and object. Both objects are containers for vital body parts, fetishized as a signifier of being. The Canopic Chest contains internal organs of the deceased while the Thumb Hospital is a casing for a thumb, a physical feature of the primate family enabling the species to create tools. The Thumb Hospital diagnoses a sick or defeated state in human development.
Before Linnaean classification, early orders of things in the natural world were created based on various types of resemblances. Typologies of resemblances created relationships between one thing to another by significant placement, similarity, and difference. At the time these orders, random though they seem now, framed a perception of the world based on semblance. Sculptural Combines is a series of original, small-scale sculptures placed next to artifacts in the museum’s Egyptian collection. The sculptures are formal interpretations of each artifact’s conceptual content and according to seven types of resemblances: emulation, sympathy/antipathy, convenience, analogy, parity and copula.