Statement

According to Wikipedia, "Memento Mori is the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all worldly goods and pursuits.*" and "In art, memento mori are artistic or symbolic reminders of mortality."


I create memento mori to illustrate my perception of contemporary vanities.  I also like to venerate bits and pieces of objects that have lost their original meaning.  Like an archeologist trying to construct significance out of unearthed fragments, I try to assign importance and significance to everyday objects found outside of their intended context.


*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memento_mori


Lost, 2017, front detail
2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
BUY
$450.00
4.5" h 7" w x 5" d
From the "Potus 45" series. Raku fired stoneware with fused reclaimed wire window glass and etched metal.
Lost, 2017, side detail
2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
BUY
$450.00
4.5" h 7" w x 5" d
From the "Potus 45" series. Raku fired stoneware with fused reclaimed wire window glass and etched metal.
Lost, 2017, rear detail
2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
BUY
$450.00
4.5" h 7" w x 5" d
From the "Potus 45" series. Raku fired stoneware with fused reclaimed wire window glass and etched metal.
Missing, 2017, side detail
2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
BUY
$450.00
4.5" h x 7" w x 5" d
From the "Potus 45" series. Raku fired stoneware with fused reclaimed wire window glass and etched metal.
Missing, 2017
2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
BUY
$450.00
4.75" h x 7" w x 5" d
From the "Potus 45" series. Raku fired stoneware with fused reclaimed wire window glass and etched metal.
Missing, 2017, side detail
2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
BUY
$450.00
4.75" h x 7" w x 5" d
From the "Potus 45" series. Raku fired stoneware with fused reclaimed wire window glass and etched metal.
Missing, 2017, rear detail
2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
BUY
$450.00
4.75" h 7" w x 5" d
From the "Potus 45" series. Raku fired stoneware with fused reclaimed wire window glass and etched metal.
Missing, 2017, side detail
2017
Ceramic, glass, metal
BUY
$450.00
4.75" h x 7" w x 5" d
From the "Potus 45" series. Raku fired stoneware with fused reclaimed wire window glass and etched metal.
Idea
2017
Ceramic, glass, metal, fabric, power cord
BUY
$500.00
23" h x 11" w x 5" d with 14" diameter lampshade
Raku fired stoneware with fused reclaimed wire glass window, electric lamp components and fabric lamp shade.
Heart lamp
2017
Ceramic, glass, metal, fabric, power cord
BUY
$500.00
23" h x 11" w x 5" deep with 14" diameter lampshade
Raku fired stoneware with fused reclaimed wire window glass, metal, electric lamp components and fabric lampshade.
(St. Patrick?), Mason Optician, 5 Dame St, Dublin, 34/40
2015
Ceramic, glass
BUY
$1,250.00
12" w x 16" h x 1" d
Multi fired stoneware with fused glass and colorized glass slide, circa late 19th C.

This "icon" is adorned with texture as to evoke aquatic encrustation by imaginary creatures that could be found in an Ernst Haeckel drawing. The focal point is a colorized glass slide found among others in a mouldering box in a flea market. The imagery in such slides date to slide sets popular during the turn of the 19th Century commonly produced to relate to a published story, lecture, poem or song.* The title of this work refers to text found on the slide and what I can only imagine it depicts. In my mind this slide is a fragment of a story about Saint Patrick.

*Taken from Lucerna- the Magic Lantern Web Resource: http://www.slides.uni-trier/set/set-search.php
Detail, (St. Patrick?), Mason Optician, 5 Dame St, Dublin, 34/40
2015
Ceramic, glass
BUY
$1,250.00
12" w x 16" h x 1" d
Multi fired stoneware with fused glass and colorized glass slide, circa late 19th C.

162 Moses di Michelangelo
2015
Ceramic, glass plate photographic negative
BUY
$1,250.00
17" diameter x 1" d
Multi fired stoneware with fused glass and glass plate photographic negative circa late 19th C.

This "icon" is adorned with texture as to evoke aquatic encrustation by imaginary creatures that could be found in an Ernst Haeckel drawing. The focal point is a glass plate negative (ambrotype) crica late 19th C found among others in a mouldering box in a flea market. The title of this work refers to text found on the slide.
Detail, 162 Moses di Michelangelo
2015
Ceramic, glass plate photographic negative
BUY
$1,250.00
17" diameter x 1" d
Multi fired stoneware with fused glass and glass plate photographic negative circa late 19th C.

Echo Chamber
2014
Ceramics and glass
BUY
$1,800.00
10"h x 4-1/4" w x 3-1/2" d
Raku fired stoneware with fused iridescent glass.
SKU# LGW-217-14

"Echo Chamber" is a Memento Mori that contemplates how precious and confined certain aspects of our thinking have become. Thanks to algorithms and the internet our information is filtered so that we are shown only content that reinforces our current ideals and beliefs rather than exposing us to alternate opinion. This forces us into small narrow individual worlds. We have placed ourselves in gorgeous little boxes of our own precious thoughts and values with no wiggle room for compromise or alternative points of view. Social media allow us to present ourselves in only the most positive slant and surround ourselves with people who agree with everything we say and believe.

Unfortunately our political landscape reinforces these ideals. Politicians carefully orchestrate town hall meetings and surround themselves with people who only echo everything they say. To ask probing questions or present alternative solutions are viewed as acts of villainous tyranny. Compromise has become a thing of the past because extremism which in control of things, kills everything in between the opposite ends of the spectrum.
Extreme Right/Extreme Left
2014
Ceramics, glass
BUY
$1,800.00
Raku fired stoneware with fused iridescent glass.
SKU# LGW-216-14

Extreme Right/Extreme Left is a Memento Mori that contemplates how precious and confined certain aspects of our thinking have become. Thanks to algorithms and the internet our information is filtered so that we are shown only content that reinforces our current ideals and beliefs rather than exposing us to alternate opinion. This forces us into small narrow individual worlds. We have placed ourselves in gorgeous little boxes of our own precious thoughts and values with no wiggle room for compromise or alternative points of view. Social media allow us to present ourselves in only the most positive slant and surround ourselves with people who agree with everything we say and believe.

Unfortunately our political landscape reinforces these ideals. Politicians carefully orchestrate town hall meetings and surround themselves with people who only echo everything they say. To ask probing questions or present alternative solutions are viewed as acts of villainous tyranny. Compromise has become a thing of the past because extremism which in control of things, kills everything in between the opposite ends of the spectrum.