2016, Plaster, pigment, my daughter’s hair, old fabric pieces, 8 mm video
Courtesy of Whitespace Gallery
Three Sisters references my grandmother and her two sisters with whom my father lived—from the age of 12 when his father died until he left home for college—in the 1830 house where the sisters had grown up in South Carolina. Several years ago, as I was preparing for a solo show Putting the House in Order, I cleared away some of my too-much-stuff in my home and studio, allowing me to see with fresh eyes and to think more clearly about how to approach my work. From six objects inherited from grandparents and great-grandparents, I made multiples (30 total) in paper pulp or plaster, adding pigment, old fabrics, and my daughter’s hair. Once again, my inclinations and methods were both meditative and contradictory!
The color of these tankards (the original belonged to grandmother Emma) came from memories of a cousin who lived close to the sisters, broke her hip and went to bed for the rest of her life. The only way I ever saw Aunt Ola was in a big bed with pink silk sheets. The 8mm film was taken by my father in the 1940s and 1950s, much of it during our family visits to my grandmother and great aunts.