Memory drawings of precious objects, words, and phrases are paired with documentary notes and a scientific rating system inspired by the International Affective Picture System (University of Florida). Simultaneously quotidian, humorous, and foreboding, the collection of small drawings offers a playful portrait of the â€œartist-saintâ€? through the belongings she holds sacred. Ritual and attachment are inherent in the process as well, with each piece of mulberry paper undergoing several
phases of manipulation including starching, sizing, staining, and waxing. The Reliquary was completed in residency at the Maitland Art and History Museuems, Maitland, Florida. 67 drawings, each approximately 8.5 x 9.5 inches india ink, gouache, starch, wax, rubber stamp on surfacesized mulberry paper installation variable 2014
Installation with sculpture by Erica Iman. From the exhibition Terrain, March 28â€“May 10, 2014.Reese Gallery, Saint Louis.
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Published on May 30, 2014