Bones of Eire

 

"Bones of Eire"

An installation at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, 2003

 

 

 

"Bones of Eire"

potatoes, 2"x 4" x 3" each
Oct. 2003 at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery

In 1997, I was given an Artist In Residency award in a remote area of County Kerry in South West Ireland. I have been in many residencies in different countries since then, but that time in Ireland was by far the richest of those experiences. While in Ireland, I read and talked to many people about the "great hunger" and the migration of the Irish people. It affected me deeply, and at one point I found myself carving potatoes in the shape of boats. I called them casket ships, a metaphor for the thousands that died making that voyage. When I returned home to the States, I continued working with potatoes – making forms by first slicing and extracting water, then reassembling and shaping them. The process was very labor intensive and messy, so I put the work aside for several years. Finally, this year I began to complete the body of work, picking up where I left off. I found that time had only polished those memories and feelings.

 

 

 

"Cross Slabs"

5" x  3"  x 2" each
potatoes

 

 

"490 Grams"

30" x  36"  x 10"
potatoes and wood

 

 

"490 Grams"

30" x  36"  x 10"
potatoes and wood

 

 

"490 Grams" detail

30" x  36"  x 10"
potatoes and wood

 

 

"340 Grams"

14" x  2.5"  x 1.5"
potatoes

 

 

"125 Grams"

6" x  2"  x 2"
potatoes

 

 

"140 Grams"

5" x  3"  x 2"
potatoes and wax

 

 

"240 Grams"

6" x  3"  x 2"
potatoes

 

 


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