Friday, April 11, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Joseph Merrick

(d. Apr. 11, 1890)

Placed on the porch at Coffee Exchange, Providence, RI.

Quote is from Merrick's letters:

"'Tis true my form is something odd,
But blaming me is blaming God;
Could I create myself anew
I would not fail in pleasing you.

If I could reach from pole to pole
Or grasp the ocean with a span,
I would be measured by the soul;
The mind's the standard of the man."

- adapted from a poem by Isaac Watts

Windfalls or: What Passes Through The Needle's Eye

The Providence Art Windows are an art gallery, except better - because they never close and everyone can see them at any time, all the time, for as long as the installation runs. For this reason, I am happy to say that I have some of my work up in one of them.

A short description of the work: These large (48" x 84") stitched portraits represent the moment in time that Amanda Clayton, Urooj Khan, and Abraham Shakespeare each received a substantial monetary prize by result of playing the lottery. The bucket, bottle, and syringe symbolize the tragic end that each faced shortly after winning. The glittering pillows signify the almost unattainable nature of easy money and simultaneously relate to the stones in The Lottery.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Meena Kumari

(d. Mar. 31, 1972)

Pillow left behind in Spectrum India on Thayer Street, Providence, RI.

Quote in Urdu is from a poem written by the Indian actress known as "The Tragedy Queen"
In English it translates to - "Why do you want to listen to my story: Colourless tales of a joyless life"

(Image of Meena Kumari from her Wikipedia page.)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Kitty Genovese

(d. Mar. 13, 1964)

Placed in Grant's Block, Providence, RI
Pictured - nearby apartments, stage, movie screen, innocent bystanders

Friday, March 7, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Divine

(d. Mar. 7, 1988)

Placed in Wal-Mart on Post Road, Warwick, RI
Quote is from the film, Pink Flamingos.

(Second, close-up shot led to an altercation with security. My lookout had told me to hurry and I did not listen. Luckily, we escaped arrest.)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Trayvon Martin

(d. Feb. 26, 2012)

Placed in a 7-11 on Reservoir Avenue, Cranston, RI

Quote is taken from a speech given by President Barack Obama, roughly one month following the tragic events of this night, 2 years ago, in Sanford, Fla.