The title of this series, Arsenic Green, refers to the color derived from arsenic that was used in Victorian times to color everything from wallpaper to textiles. In their quest for beautiful and stylish interiors, many Victorians became sick and died from the outgassing of arsenic fumes. It was such an exquisite way to kill oneself unintentionally, and such a physical manifestation of death by domestic vanity, and the danger that lies below the surface of the well-presented home. For the Victorians, death was in the decoration, and for this series I wanted to channel this color and meaning using common household items.
A monstrance is traditionally used to display the communion host or a relic for veneration in certain Christian traditions. My monstrance has as its center the laser-etched image of a Mid-century advertisement for a suburban sub-division. Monstrance presents the cult of the home as the object for veneration.
This image gallery includes works of art not part of a series.
This series is comprised primarily of one-hundred female 'complements' made by extruding silicone caulking into champagne coupes- the shape mistakenly thought to be based on the size of a female breast. Select complements have crochet nipples.