Me As A Goddess
“Me as a Goddess” are self-portraits in the shape of approximately 16-foot monumental necklaces. In their reference to body ornaments they tweak and twit concepts about personal and social identity, fetishism and devotion. “Me as a Goddess” is a series. Each piece is an encounter between words and nonverbal elements, things picked up and gathered on a daily basis within an ordinary itinerary, then assembled in the spirit of a physical diary. The title, a one-sentence poem made out of “found” words, provides each piece with the thread of a story; it does not describe the piece.
This project is a two-act play. Act One, engineering the sculpture; Act Two, pirating existing public commemorative sculptures. When the ornament and the ornamented are brought together, the enigma of the story initially set up for each ornament unravels, borrowing the recollection of public history as well as the artist’s personal memory. The necklace without a wearer, with its large scale, reveals the concealed presence of the divinity. An uncanny Goddess can alter her manifestation; now she disappears, now she is dog, bear, soldier or maiden.
Mother's thoughts, Me As A Goddess 1, 2008
Sheep wool, thread, text embroidered ribbon, plastic items, metal, oil pigment wrapped in polyethylene, chalcedony stone.
Installation 2009, Straus Monument, NYC, by sculptor Augustus Lukeman and architect Evarts Tracy, in memory of Isidor and Ida Straus whom where lost at sea in the Titanic disaster April 15, 1912.
Lovely and pleasant were they in their lives and in their death they were not divided. 11 Samuel 1 23.