Created through a process of collaboration and experimentation, the artist acknowledges the impact of expectations on happiness. Challenging the viewer to contemplate concepts such as purpose, ambition, choices, status, and ultimately mortality- she poses the rhetorical question: Is it everything you dreamed it would be?
Empire painted parcel gilt day bed, armchairs, and drawers from Neapolitan
side table on loan from Gerald Bland
lighting by Quazar Productions
Created in collaboration with Plaxall and Gerald Bland,This considers the differences between anticipation and reality in contemporary society. I cast and shaped a number of pillow forms in plaster. One was then used as a mold for thermoforming. The others were impressed with elements of packaging inserts from Plaxall’s existing plastic inventory. The products they are intended to hold- perfume, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, a depiction of a baby sleeping peacefully on the moon- imply luxury, beauty, youth, happiness, and immortality. Gilding these impressions in 22 karat gold leaf, I explore the many symbols gold has represented throughout history- divine presence, enlightenment, innocence, purity, power, privilege, royalty, vulgar opulence, the absolute power of dictators and despots. I invite the viewer to contemplate past ambitions, current events, hope, and expectations for the future.