Work > Tools, Talismans, & Totems

Tools, Talismans, and Totems is a new body of work about old stories. I am using tools, objects, and raw materials picked from the workshops of my father, my paternal grandmother and grandfather, who all passed away over the course of 13 months in 2012-2013. After they died, I had to sort through their creative spaces. They had vast collections of tools, parts, and curious bits and bops; I had to help decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to sell. The shops were filled with custom tools, meticulously organized collections, ancient supplies that we would probably never use but had to keep. I picked from each space tools that I could use, materials that called to me, random objects that I maybe could repair. Now, I am exploring my relationship with each family member as I combine their collected things with my own to make new tools, totems, or talismans.

Bear Trap
chromed brass, copper, mahogany
2017
Quiver
copper, brass, horsehair, plastic, sinew
2016
Multi-Cut Tool
189 No. 11 blades, sinew, copper, walnut
24" x 12" x 4"
2015
Fencing
Copper, silver, brass-plated nickel
2015
Rake
copper, linen, horsehair, silver
2015
Shaving Brush
horsehair, beeswax, copper, sinew
2016
Coque Headdress
dyed coque feather, iron, beeswax
2015
42 Bees
glass, brass, bees
2015
Urchin
pearls, urchin shell, wire, hardware
2015
Cuff
brass, copper, pearl
2015
Bow Saw
copper, brass, sinew, pearl
2015
Insect Net
copper, brass, plastic, beeswax, quail eggs
2015
Egg Bag
beeswax, linen, plastic
2015
Paperweight
copper, plastic, glass, steel, dried flora
2016
Mortar & Pestle
walnut, beeswax, hardware
2015
Silver Eggs
silver, silverplate, brass, nickel
2015
Twenty Silver Eggs
brass, silverplate, copper, shell
2016
Wire Stripper
silver, brass
2015
Level
glass, brass, copper
3" x 4" x .5"
2015
Nonagram
copper coated steel, porcupine quills
2015
Props/Splints
copper, brass, aluminum, mink, turquoise
2015
No. 2 Pencil
sterling silver
2014