Decaying Refuge at Eastern Washington University

1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts show at E.W.U., Cheney, Washington. Walking through my parents' property in a northern wooded area of Spokane, I found some old bones, I think from a cow. I collected the bones and they made their way into my work. I was fascinated with the archaeology of it all. I reimagined scenes; one from a neighbor that used to camp in his friend's backyard, the other from digging up the old bones and an imaginary mountain. I created a shelter for my refuge, bundled branches into a bouquet, and added decaying bones and relics. Materials included: clay, canvas, oil paint, wire, wood, wax, bones, and handmade paper.

Decaying Refuge 1993, Installation View
Release 1992, wood, handmade paper, rope, glue; 5.5' x 2' x 4' 
Release 1992, detail
Release 1992, detail
The Mountain 1992, oil on canvas, wood, styrofoam; 6' x 3.5' x 5"
The Mountain 1992, detail
The Mountain 1992, detail
The Mountain 1992, detail
Visceral 1993, clay, oil paint, copper wire, lint; 15" x 31" x 33"  
Shelter 1992, wood, handmade paper, copper wire, oil paint, canvas, wax, clay; 4' x 5' x 3.5'
Shelter 1992, detail
Shelter 1992, detail
Shelter 1992, detail
In-Equanimity 1992, clay, oil paint, wax, copper wire; 17" x 16" x 7"
In-Equanimity 1992, detail
Selvage 1992, clay, metal, bone, copper wire, oil, wax; 30" x 15" x 7"
Untitled 1993, oil on clothing, wax, galvanized pipe, wire; 5' x 4' x 5"
Untitled 1993, detail
Ambience 1993, clay, oil paint, canvas, wax, copper wire; 9" x 9" x 4"
Spiral 1993, clay, oil paint, wax, copper wire, canvas; 7" x 36" x 46" (detail)
Untitled 1993, cattle marker on milk carton stock paperboard; 26" x 12" x 12"
Broken Limb 1993, wire mesh, wood, handmade paper; 25" x 37" x 3"

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