Objects, while not alive, are said to have life. Life is precious. Where is it kept? In the story of Pinocchio, Gepetto wishes his marionette were real. His wish is granted and Pinocchio goes through a liminal period where he is both object and boy. Pinocchio’s character is put to the test, and he earns life, transcending the realm of objects through a selfless act. Everyday objects are often dealt with like Pinocchio, in a state between object and being, having their value tested via our expectations and desires. When our ideal expectations are met, the object can be considered transformative, sometimes divine. When the object falls short of our expectations it is useless and dies, or, if used improperly can be interpreted as harmful. I am interested in the dynamic territory between the icon—the object that functions as a path to the divine, to wisdom—and the idol—the object whose divinity is an illusion. Some borders are fatter than others with room to play before the threshold.
18x18x18" Cypress, glue, hardware, birch plywood, latex paint 2015
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