These fertility sculptures speak to the generative body through the lense of Baya Weaver Bird nests, which are astonishingly humanoid. After males lure females into their nests for mating, they then retreat to their unfinished bachelor nests to lure the next female.
There is an audio component with the installation. It is a recording of me whistling birdsongs from memory. I've thrown in a few cat calls as well. Vimeo link here.
installation shot cuffing season
cuffing season installation in Polyvalent Spaces. See more images in separate gallery.
yarn, upcycled grocery bags as stuffing, raffia twine, clothes pins
bachelor nest, cuffing season (detail)
11 x 5 x 6 inches yarn, up-cycled grocery bags for stuffing, tree limb.
Based on the Baya Weaver bird nest, this gendered nest reflects the power of this domestic space. Male birds weave a nest that resembles a phallus, attract a female, mate and then move on to an incomplete nest, called a bachelor nest. He then attracts another female, completes the nest and mates.
party hats (choice)
lemon press, yarn 9 x 9 x 9 inches
10.5 x 8.5 x 4 inches. steel tube, light bulbs, yarn.
Spent light bulbs take an androgynous turn, becoming the generative body that eludes to both male and female. A steel tube could be a torso with breasts akimbo or a phallus and testicles standing on end.
2016, 11 x 10 x 5 inches, shoe horn, upcycled plastic bags (stuffing), yarn
Upward mobility and lateral support. Everyone needs a little help now and then. Fertility sculptures and fetish objects.
detail: birth tree
butts and such gendered stool series.
2016, 38 x 20 x 20 inches. Found cigarette butt disposal can, chair, yarn.
A chair has always been a stand in for a human body. In the gendered stool series, I add anatomy that transform them into fertility sculptures.
In this case a cigarette (butt) bucket becomes an opening in a crevice that suggests either the vulva or the buttox. Animated knit additions could be either phallic or breasts.
2016, 79 x 38 x 25 inches. Found coatrack, brake line, air mask, yarn.
A found air mask becomes a uterus with leafy ovaries. A coatrack sprouting a brake line, becomes a tree-like form.
The tree is an archetypal symbol of breath, healing, connection. The Druids and Celtic mysticism believed that certain trees were sacred and birth dates, associated with certain trees could predict personality types.
bonding/joining/uniting and references to the fall of mankind
pink piggy pushup Venus
2016, 3 x 4 x 7 inches pot scrubber, yarn
If pushup bras had existed when they made the Willendorf Venus, she would have rocked one of these. :))
34 x 10 x 9 inches
auger, citrus attachment for mixer, yarn.
8 x 4 x 9 inches. meat grinder attachment, yarn.
7 x 3 x 4 inches garlic press, radio tubes, yarn
garlic, in Buddhist traditions is an aphrodisiac! There's a nod to Martha Rosler in here too. :))
7 x 6 x2 inches. lamp burner, yarn
9 x 4 x 6.5 inches vintage oil can, radio tubes, yarn.
It's important to stay warm.
manspread, gendered stool series.
2016, 33 x 14 x 16 inches, lemon press, found stool, yarn.
This lemon press balances perfectly on the edge of the stool and alludes to a phenomenon that plagues the subways, These objects navigate the space between pathos and humor.
baby bump gendered stool series
28 x 22 x 23 inches, found child's chair, drills, colander, screw driver, fondue prong, yarn.
2016, 9 x 7 x 6 inches, oil funnel, yarn
animus gendered stool series.
2016, 36 x 16 x 40 inches, found chair, gloves, bike pump, ceramic jars, yarn
Duality and slippage of traditional gender boundaries, represented by including both the phallus and breasts suggests the Jungian underpinnings that the title alludes to.
25 x 9 x 8 inches. orange squeezer, bike pump, yarn.
breach gendered stool series
42 x 30 x 26 inches. stool, vacuum hose, watering can, upcycled plastic bags (stuffing), yarn.
a slight bend to the right
3 x 6.5 x 6 inches, iron railroad stake, yarn
Baby oil gendered stool series
2016, 9 x 7 x 6 inches, oil funnel, yarn, plastic stool.
The Urban Dictionary came in handy for this spurting, upright object. Its implied masculinity is offset by the dainty pink stool.
this sculpture was made from yarn spun entirely on a drop splindle with uncombed fleece, literally one section of fleece at a time. This time consuming process allowed me to expose the wiry end of each section, giving it a glorious texture. I added raw fleece to the outer edge to add a coarse halo.
fertility sculptures and fetish objects 2016, 62 x 23 x 15 inches, found lamp, cement fragments, yarn. fetuses - piggy pot scrubbers, yarn and wire.
Monochromatic, this human size sculpture is heavily textured and lusciously alluring. She is also now pregnant with triplets. (see detail)
animaanima is pregnant
4th leg gendered stool series
2016, 43 x 23 x 25 inches, found chair, bricks, verdigri knob, conduit, garden hose, yarn.
A certain male appendage has been referred to as a 3rd leg...
The weight of the "brick" on the front perfectly counterbalances the absence of the brick under the back right leg. The conduit and hose feminizes this macho figure - evoking a boa, yet another slang for this male appendage.
Handspun yarn. Furthest left was done on a drop spindle, the others with a borrowed spinning wheel. The golden yarn was spun from fleece given to me by someone who raised the sheep and dyed the yarn herself, which adds a communal effort to the materials.
2016, 17 x 11 x 11 inches, found detergent bucket, fondue stand, yarn.
This hairy orifice is an interesting play off of the word scrawled across the can on which it sits. "all"
2016, 25 x 58 x 17 inches, found wire conduit, bucket, upcycled plastic bags, yarn.
Mythological stories label the snake as the umbilical cord that links humanity to the earth.