Liberty is created around a replica of the Statue of Liberty, which I saw for the first time a couple of months ago. It is mounted inside a shadowbox with a gilt frame added on top. Behind Liberty is a curved piece of glass with a metal grid, and a fragment of one of my paintings. 12" x 15" x 7" deep. Free Standing.
House of Katrina is very much about the serendipitous joining of unrelated objects to form a piece that has a strong visual impact. Its elements include a lopsided disc of plywood; handmade paper; acrylic paint; parts of a wooden chair; hand painted paper and fabric; an old knife and fossilized ammonite. On another level it points to the special difficulties faced by the Asian communities in the aftermath of the storm. As difficult as it was for us to cope with the scarcity of information immediately after the storm, it must have been much worse for people who did not speak English. 21" x 22"
Mexican Copper incorporates a copper pan which I purchased in Mexico many years ago. Katrina flattened it for me, and left it in my backyard for me to find. It is paired with a ceramic lid to a lost pot, a shredded piece of plywood, a placemat, and a boogie board. 19" x 37"
Treasures is made from a beautiful, chubby porcelain doll leg given to me by my friend Kevin Fitzpatrick. The leg is mounted on a framed mirror and accompanied by a ceramic wing. The round element is a piece of woven plant material, and the support for the piece is a cabinet door.
Lost in the Woods is about the human tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. We have all been broken and traumatized by the storm, and the lives which we once knew, symbolized by the flowers, gloves and beads, have been changed forever. The piece is comprised of a porcelain doll, silk flowers, mardi gras beads, beaded glove, fan blade and a recovered painting. 20" x 24"