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CONSTELLATIONS

The Constellation series, made of ceramic and wire pieces connected with thread, was born of a desire to vaunt internal organs to a more honorable place in the pantheon -- in this case, into the stars.  Collectively, we share a human lexicon more broad than language -- of anatomy.  These lumpy, unassuming organs are workhorses that toil invisibly to keep us alive.  In divisive times, they are a reminder of how similar people actually are.

 

WANDERING UTERUS PANEL

 

About the uterus, "It delights also in fragrant smells, and advances towards them; and it has an aversion to fetid smells, and flees from them; and, on the whole, the womb is like an animal within an animal."  From Aretaeus, a physician from Cappadocia, in the 2nd century BC,

 

The Wandering Uterus series (on the black backgrounds) was inspired by the historic belief that a woman's womb could wander around inside her body causing the  ailment hysteria, a blanket term for women acting in ways the medical establishment could not understand.  The wandering uterus idea originated in ancient Greece, but persisted in Europe until as recently as the 19th century.  In this series, the uterus wanders entirely free of the body, into the stars.  There is an origin story for the stars themselves, if you look closely.

CELESTIAL BODIES SERIES

The Celestial Bodies series (on the white backgrounds) sends tiny gold and silver versions of digestive organs -- stomach, large and small intestines, gall bladder, pancreas, liver -- into the constellations of the Northern Hemisphere.  Intestines float free and unravel in the universe, a liver finds a haven nestled into a constellation.