carried spiritually-charged articles next to their skin. Their
medicine bundle, so named, charms revealed in a vision - bone,
teeth, feather, whatever - wrapped in a pouch. The charms, or
spirits, were real to the wearer, tonics for the psyche, and
mediating response to the provocations of life.
As a conceptual
artist, I utilize a medicine bundle, a personal reliquary where
metaphorically-charged materials are secured.
impulses viscerally as well as visually. Neither cerebral nor
linguistic, but quiet, first beckoning the tactile, then repelling
it. The work is thematic to understanding self, and the codes of
larger selves externalized in groups, genders, races, and religions.
The works conceal,
contain, and provoke.
Hair is central.
Hair is public and pubic, on display and disguised. Hair is
opposites. In one place, attractive; in another, repulsive. Hair is
DNA, life, the statement for me at this moment.