A spider-like form was created by stretching pantyhose over balloons and adding synthetic fur. Simple yet elegant, the soft sculpture’s curves and transparent mesh create a sensuous wildness, possibly of an android nature. It could be a trained attendant, keeping watch over a laboratory environment. For this proposal, it is intended to hang above the viewer on the ceiling and walls. Its legs can be stretched to fit various spaces depending on site.
6′ x 7′ x 7′ approximately
Bold, empowered, unafraid, a soft sculpture juts from the wall, reaching out with its fur-tipped breast-like appendages. Evoking sensuality along its elegant curves, it coyly hides nipples created from twisted pantyhose. The crotch of the pantyhose stands out, calling attention to an anthro beginning whereas its shroud of hair brings to mind something else, something wild.
Pantyhose, balloons, synthetic fur, thread; 27″ x 25″ x 15″
A soft sculpture with a somewhat haphazard vibe to it, perhaps made from discarded materials. Hanging threads from hand stitches contrast the machined pantyhose sheerness. Balloons have been forced through the hosiery causing runs that have a pathetic yet hopeful “making-do” quality. The beans form hanging sacs that pull down. The sacs are covered in epoxy that has dripped into congealed tips. All this was done spontaneously working through how the materials spoke to me and behaved when manipulated. Only later did I invent this story of an apparatus for protein synthesis via fermentation that led to the name of this piece.
Pantyhose, balloons, beans, thread, epoxy
60″ x 24″ x 12″
Influenced by the Bobo Doll Experiment, Dummy is an interactive installation for participants to act out on their emotions. The soft sculpture is made of stuffed canvas, felt, socks and a baseball cap and is attached to ropes and pulleys to allow it to be raised, lowered and flung against the walls and floor. It also has an orifice in its belly area that can be probed and pulled out. The Bobo experiment focused on learned aggressive behavior in children, whereas Dummy lets participants enact their current attitudes and feelings on the doll. Some participants do get aggressive and slam it around, but it also creates an empathetic response in some to care for it, some even running to its aid as someone else is being hurtful.
Canvas, stuffing, fabric, socks, felt, pullys, rope, cap
Made by dropping ink onto a drumhead, patterns are created reminiscent of microorganisms in a petri dish. The title refers to the idea of hope in the repetition of a sound and reflects the idea that biotechnology is creating drugs to improve lives. But it also relates to the dismal state of our world in general from income inequality to MAGA to climate change.