a Fork and Tendril


mixed media

15 x 12 x 2 in


The succinct, poetic pairing of two small relic objects is a gesture towards remembering a white-haired, wise ancestor named Frances.


Her hair and the fork she ate with makes death and desire highly visible.  Her hair does not decay with the passing of time, it only become more brilliant.  The fork she ate with reminds me of her absent mouth and her insatiable desire.  Paired side-by-side, her hair and the fork she ate with are about proximity: proximity of swept-back hair to the wide-open eating mouth, proximity of hair turning white to the day of one’s death, proximity of the living to those who pass on.  


The keepsakes of absent bodies speak to intimacy and a “desire to see death as not permanent, in that material remains might be proof that the loved one still exists somewhere, somehow.”  *

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* The Dead Still Among Us: Victorian Secular Relics, Hair Jewelry, and Death Culture, Deborah Lutz, Victorian Literature and Culture, Vol. 39, No. 1 (2011), pp. 127-142, Cambridge University Press