Pending, 2014. Dimensions: 13’ x 30’ x 8’ Materials: hand engraved glass cameo, metal, images courtesy of Facebook “I am interested in various levels of friendship, familiarity and intimacy that develop with online personas and associations. In Pending I collected the profile pictures of each of my pending friend requests on Facebook. I then hand engraved a small glass cameo portrait of each individual, meticulously cataloguing these online acquaintances. These personal pendants are arranged geographically to where the person lives, and protrudes from the wall in direct proportion to how many mutual friends we share. This work is challenging the audience to re-conceptualize relationships in the digital age and consider the different thresholds of friendship in our lives.”
Family Tree , 2014 Dimensions: 62” x 3” x 35 1/2” Materials: Hand engraved glass cameos, brass, maple tree taps, flameworked glass “In considering the classic cameo portrait of a loved one, my research brought me to family trees and examining my own lineage. This work depicts my family; our direct bloodlines and chosen families. The maple taps act as a metaphor both to the sticky sweet infusion that is family and the place that will always be my anchor to home. The kinfolk are connected via small chains binding us and creating our inescapable web.”
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