Of Water

Of Water is a collection installation. It takes the objects in a glass jar and depicts each one with a watercolor and name, cataloging the collection. The images are collected and bound in the book. The objects are displayed in the jar. The jar and book are exhibited together. The two objects harken back to the illustrated books that that were produced to document wunderkammer collections of the 1500s.

The title comes from the objects are all animals that once lived in water or in the case of the stone, it shares the color of water and has water in it's chemical make up.

Of Water
Of Water

Installation view. Book and jar with objects. Book: 6 1/2" w x 8 3/4" h Jar: 4 1/4" h x 3 1/2" d (bottom)

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Of Water objects
Of Water objects

Jar with shells and stones. 4 1/4" h x 3 1/2" d (bottom)

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Of Water Olive shells
Of Water Olive shells

Oliva episcopalis page, watercoler and ink on paper. 6 1/2" w x 8 3/4" h

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Of Water
Of Water

Installation view. Book and jar with objects. Book: 6 1/2" w x 8 3/4" h Jar: 4 1/4" h x 3 1/2" d (bottom)

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Minnie's Message

The planchette was supposed to be a fun diversion for an afternoon. The planchette was purchased a a flea market because it has an intriguing history. The heart shaped board with its attached pencil seemed simple and straightforward - it would write with a slight push. Once the session started we knew we had something extraordinary. A woman named Minnie came through with an urgent request to help her. 

Through research I discovered, Minnie Colligan was a real woman who lived in our house during the 1920s with her husband and children. Her messages and drawings from the planchette session are collected and displayed with the planchette and the portfolio that protects them.

Minnie's Message
Minnie's Message

Minnie's Message label.

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Minnie's Message portfolio.
Minnie's Message portfolio.

Minnie's Message portfolio, Cotton cloth, archival board, satin ribbon, onyx beads. 20" w x 28" h

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Minnie's Message installation view.
Minnie's Message installation view.

Minnie's Message installation with portfolio, planchette and drawings.

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Minnie's Message
Minnie's Message

Minnie's Message label.

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The Alchemist's Garden

Based on the Italian journey garden of the 16th century, The Alchemist's Garden was conceived as a physical space that would be based on the four ancient elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air. The actual garden was not completed because of many obstacles, but the objects around  the project are presented as an installation including: the brochure that outlines the concept, a photograph of a mosaic designed for the garden, a folder of maps outlining the original space and what was found during the preparation of the ground, sculptural objects that were created for the garden and a photograph of the planned rituals proposed for the garden.

The Alchemist's Garden brochure
The Alchemist's Garden brochure

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The Alchemist's Garden mosaic
The Alchemist's Garden mosaic

Hecate Mosaic, marble stones, grout. 34" w x 15" h

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The Alchemist Garden Ritual
The Alchemist Garden Ritual

Summer Solstice Ritual: hand colored photograph, ink on paper. 14 1/4" w x 7" h

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The Alchemist's Garden brochure
The Alchemist's Garden brochure

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