22.6.11

Guest for High Tea references the historical events of past centuries, when western Europeans were bringing home indigenous peoples for the inspection (and titillation) of citizens of so-called "civilized" nations. This is a good example of the use of human beings as portals for other humans-and not always for good reasons or with good results. I began this statement with the clay image of a masked face, and mounted it upon a piece of pottery salvaged from deceased Bay St Louis potter Talle Johnson's devastated studio. I added fragments from the piece of art that was my wedding present to my husband, and mounted these elements on a placemat salvaged from a friend's ruins on Ramoneda Street. The painting was also found in the debris, and I mounted that on what was once an elegant-looking mirror frame. The empty oval at the top of the frame signifies emptiness.

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