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The Katrina Collection is a series of mixed media assemblages which incorporate storm debris from Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. There are approximately 1000 pieces in the collection to date, so most of the pieces are in the archives, located on the right hand side of the poage-just scroll down a little bit.
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.