Potion for a Heartbreak


gold box, ceramic, wood altar, gold lame' altar cloth,

bubble gum dust, lock of hair, broom

performance in perpetuity

15.5 x 10 x 4.5 in

I have a habit of looking for antidotes to what often seems unbearable.  Potion for a Heartbreak materializes as a remedy or relief for what has been lost.  Arranging objects and materials into a space for personal contemplation, the work is activated through performative ritual, grief transforms to hope..  

2_reliquary box after opening_Marten_Pot

on view at Monica King Projects

Talismans | a group exhibition

"This exhibition serves to elucidate the presence of Talismans, or objects thought to have magical powers and to bring good luck, as they often mirror the spiritual inner nature and reconciliation of chaos and harmony inherent in an artist’s work. While some works in this exhibition, such as those by Rachel Lee Hovnanian, April Marten, and Juan Logan were created with a direct sense of spiritual conjuring in mind,

others seem to reveal this more subtly in their core of hope or lightness in a world often far too heavy."

video, digital capture of private ritual including clay vessel, gold lame altar cloth,  lock of white hair, bubble gum dust, plastic flowers and tobacco.       

00:00:19 looping video

Bubble gum dust, blessed by Frances, now finds itself cast as holy water. This performance and the resulting sculpture is multiplicitous in meaning: examining innocence, ecstasy, loss and everything in between.  Glistening pink dust is sprinkled upon the altar, ritualistically erasing oppressive ideas that limit human potential. This is the real magic of ancestral wisdom, opening us up to infinite possibility.



The portable altar and devotional objects are housed in an archival box.  Once removed and arranged, a place is designated for personal contemplation and conjuring.