Black Stone 3.5" x 3.5" Acrylic, stone, beeswax, and hair on wood, 2014
Deer Bones 3.5" x 3.5" Acrylic, bone, and beeswax on wood, 2014
Wasp, 3.5" x 3.5" Charcoal, wasp, hair, paper, and beeswax on wood, 2014
In these works, I use natural objects of personal spiritual significance as "relic". These three pieces feature deer bones, a stone, and a large wasp, each encased in beeswax. The vessels are left open for touch. As the hands of viewers explore the works, the objects will change--the bones will become cleaner and may eventually yellow from the oils; the stone will become smooth and develop shine; the wasp will crackle and break, leaving only the parts encased in beeswax untouched by the viewer. The beeswax will also change through touch and erode, eventually releasing each object from the piece.
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