“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

The title of each of the works in follmers fourth defluxion is derived from passages in books that have been entrusted to me, each having been written in by its owners, my ancestors.
Arthur's New Juvenile Library, Maggy's Baby, 1852, first belonged to Alfred
The Golden Gift , A Wreath of Gems, 1849 first belonged to Mary
Who is My Neighbor, or The Wilson Family, 1852 first belonged to Alfred
Pictures for Our Darlings, 1876, first belonged to Willie
Philadelphia Cookbook, A Manual of Home Economies 1886, first belonged to Mary
The Poetical Works of Robert Burns, 1883, first belonged to Aunt Edith
The School Dictionary; or Expositor of the English Language, 1812 first belonged to Elizabeth

Truth is subjective and I have uncovered a future tale of what this stuff can mean. I hope as I continue to understand how to make room for history and my own genetic predisposition to possession while I make work that consumes the underwhelming historical artifacts my family painstakingly preserved to keep itself remembered I am honoring it.

Investigating the ordinary, or an indefatigable search for comfort.

follmers fourth defluxion is a story, an installation, my collective unconscious past and an opportunity to delve into the way I investigate before and find room for it in my next.

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction.  Choose, now, which you will walk in."

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in."

detail of the feather stitched W, letters, portraits, chair, cup and forks

2014

media: 
5 knives steel & bone, 
great grandfather William N Watson's chicken cup,
Portrait of Curtis Bruce Watson, my great great grandfather, (b 1839 d 1872),
Portrait of Mary Nagle Watson, my great great grandmother, (b 1842 d 1929), 
silver plated fork 1866- a wedding gift MEW, that was rather chewed ( the other 5 are currently in use at the Watson/Vose household, 4 steel & bone forks, the copy of the list 1862, 
great great grandmother Watson's 11 linen luncheon napkins 1866 given for her wedding - used by me often - 1 ruined by HE washing machine 2013. 
spiny lacy antimacassar handmade,
The Feather Stitched “W” (red),
great great grandparents ledgers 1860-1880 don't you wish you could read them?, 
great grandfather's winning pullet cup 1912, 
great grandmother Mary Louise Bastress's napkin ring ( b 1867 d 1947),
Wilhelm Friedrich Nagle's chair 1820,
My great great great great grandfather's mother of pearl cane topper circa 1820, tassel,
receipts for moving c 1860,
fabric, polyfill, thread, steel, vinyl, gimp, magic, jute strapping, staples, glue, hardware
size of the wall construction : 120” x 245”x 70” variable
 

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“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

great great grandmother Watson's 11 linen luncheon napkins 1866 given for her wedding - used by me often - 1 ruined by HE washing machine 2013. 

 

2014

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.” (detail)

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.” (detail)

the copy of the list 1862, vinyl, gimp, steel Things that were kept, a list of things to be kept and sold, that we kept... and some things on the list that were kept that I have, still.

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

the saw that cut the chair up, it also has indefinable writing on it, steel, fabric, jute strapping

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

Portrait of Curtis Bruce Watson, my great great grandfather, (b 1839 d 1872), fabric, polyfil, steel, the feather stitched W, deconstructed

Portrait of Curtis Bruce Watson, my great great grandfather, (b 1839 d 1872),

Portrait of Curtis Bruce Watson, my great great grandfather, (b 1839 d 1872),

these are family receipts from the 1860s that detail the cost of moving our family from town to town and items purchased, that I still own, yes, really

and polyfil

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.” (detail)

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.” (detail)

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

 Great Grandfather's prize winning ribbons 1904-1930 for chickens, vinyl, tassels, steel

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

“You see before you.” said the old man to him, “ the Way of Life and the Road to Destruction. Choose, now, which you will walk in.”

My great great great great grandfather's mother of pearl cane topper circa 1820, tassel, steel

the answers are all here

“Set a chair, Jenny, for the gentlemen” said she to the child.

“Set a chair, Jenny, for the gentlemen” said she to the child.

2014 (detail) the valuable walnut chair from Milton that my grandmother( b 1892, d 1991) gave to me six times between 1982 and 1985, ratcheting straps, steel, fabric, polyfill, vinyl, gimp, bedazzlings, tacks

180”x 132”x 132” variable 

“Set a chair, Jenny, for the gentlemen” said she to the child.

“Set a chair, Jenny, for the gentlemen” said she to the child.

detail

SIR, oe'r a gill I gat your card

SIR, oe'r a gill I gat your card

2014

parts of the Nagle leather trunk from 1876 I cherished, correspondence between family members 1862-1978 random legal documents that I am keeping safe for something, for now vinyl, gimp, polyfil, glue, thread

24” x 22” x 22”

Has your gran-ma's pock-et Bunch o' keys and mo-ney? Spool o' thread and thim-ble? Can-dy made o' ho-ney?

Has your gran-ma's pock-et Bunch o' keys and mo-ney? Spool o' thread and thim-ble? Can-dy made o' ho-ney?

This piece builds on my genealogical tree. Each "shelf" and riser is built from apiece of one of the chair parts that were owned by my family. The photographs are my ancestors, faces forever protected, and preserved with 23 karat gold because the memory of them became more powerful than the knowledge of who they really were. Each item on the shelves is also from the family hoard and represents a particular family members, all leading to one object, the important shooter.

Has your gran-ma's pock-et Bunch o' keys and mo-ney? Spool o' thread and thim-ble? Can-dy made o' ho-ney?

Has your gran-ma's pock-et Bunch o' keys and mo-ney? Spool o' thread and thim-ble? Can-dy made o' ho-ney?

media:
EZ teether rubber 1931, vinyl, tassel, thread
Willie's toddler glass 1868
Watson family chair parts circa 1880
horn mustache comb circa 1850
an important shooter 1895, glass
eyebrow comb circa 1880
civil war hymn book book that weathered the 1889 flood
Altered photographs of my great grandparents, great uncle, and great great uncle, great great grandparents, 23karat gold leaf
book given to Mary E Nagle in 1852, then annotated for young ladies 1922 by her before she died
dirt from 1300 20th Ave, gathered, 1986, 23 karat gold
casters from family furniture that I might still own
Photographs of the family furniture I have deconstructed and some that were saved from the axe
oh and my great grandfather's saw i used to cut up the chairs
and a few other things I've not yet described here but you may just want to look for
144" x 252" x 160" variable

Has your gran-ma's pock-et Bunch o' keys and mo-ney? Spool o' thread and thim-ble? Can-dy made o' ho-ney?

Has your gran-ma's pock-et Bunch o' keys and mo-ney? Spool o' thread and thim-ble? Can-dy made o' ho-ney?

media:
EZ teether rubber 1931, vinyl, tassel, thread
Willie's toddler glass 1868
Watson family chair parts circa 1880
horn mustache comb circa 1850
an important shooter 1895, glass
eyebrow comb circa 1880
civil war hymn book book that weathered the 1889 flood
Altered photographs of my great grandparents, great uncle, and great great uncle, great great grandparents, 23karat gold leaf
book given to Mary E Nagle in 1852, then annotated for young ladies 1922 by her before she died
dirt from 1300 20th Ave, gathered, 1986, 23 karat gold
casters from family furniture that I might still own
Photographs of the family furniture I have deconstructed and some that were saved from the axe
oh and my great grandfather's saw i used to cut up the chairs
and a few other things I've not yet described here but you may just want to look for
144" x 252" x 160" variable

 

Has your gran-ma's pock-et Bunch o' keys and mo-ney? Spool o' thread and thim-ble? Can-dy made o' ho-ney?

Has your gran-ma's pock-et Bunch o' keys and mo-ney? Spool o' thread and thim-ble? Can-dy made o' ho-ney?

media:
EZ teether rubber 1931, vinyl, tassel, thread
Willie's toddler glass 1868
Watson family chair parts circa 1880
horn mustache comb circa 1850
an important shooter 1895, glass
eyebrow comb circa 1880
civil war hymn book book that weathered the 1889 flood
Altered photographs of my great grandparents, great uncle, and great great uncle, great great grandparents, 23karat gold leaf
book given to Mary E Nagle in 1852, then annotated for young ladies 1922 by her before she died
dirt from 1300 20th Ave, gathered, 1986, 23 karat gold
casters from family furniture that I might still own
Photographs of the family furniture I have deconstructed and some that were saved from the axe
oh and my great grandfather's saw i used to cut up the chairs
and a few other things I've not yet described here but you may just want to look for
144" x 252" x 160" variable

Has your gran-ma's pock-et Bunch o' keys and mo-ney? Spool o' thread and thim-ble? Can-dy made o' ho-ney?

Has your gran-ma's pock-et Bunch o' keys and mo-ney? Spool o' thread and thim-ble? Can-dy made o' ho-ney?

detail of the portraits of previously complete furniture

The Pudding of Long Ago

The Pudding of Long Ago

2014

great great grandfather Bastress' (b 1838 d 1915) trunk, BBW's Army Uniforms wool 1919, silk day dress worn by great great grandmother Watson 1866, great great grandfather's velvet wedding vests 1866, 
3 of my grandfather's cotton shirts 1948, 5 of my father's Korean War era US Lieutenant uniforms, my high school graduation dress 1986, CB's gold & enamel cuff links, various bonnets, silks, gloves, lace, bloomers, and other random stuff circa 1870, vinyl, leather, thread, tassels, casters
size 30" x 30" x 50"
 

The Pudding of Long Ago (detail)

The Pudding of Long Ago (detail)

detail of the items and the gold and enamel cuff link in leather strap 30" x 30" x 50"

The little knot of which he was the head and front, wherein he was supreme

The little knot of which he was the head and front, wherein he was supreme

My great great grandfather's bow-tie 1871, my great great great grandmother's mirror 1852,  fabric from the wedding dresses of my grandmother (1926), my great, great, grandmother(1866), me(1999), steel, poly-fill, thread, hardware

36” x 65” x 4” 

The little knot of which he was the head and front, wherein he was supreme

The little knot of which he was the head and front, wherein he was supreme

My great great grandfather's bow-tie 1871, 
my great great great grandmother's mirror 1852, 
fabric from the wedding dresses of grandmother 1926, my great, great, grandmother 1866, Me 1999,
steel, poly-fil, thread, vinyl, tassels, hardware
33" x 5" x 65"

The little knot of which he was the head and front, wherein he was supreme

The little knot of which he was the head and front, wherein he was supreme

detail of the writing on the tie

burning the chair to make the paint

burning the chair to make the paint

This is a still image from the burning of the 1886 family chair, family paperwork and letters. The ashes were then subsequently crushed to a powder and mixed with matte medium. I made them into a paint that was brushed onto the wall which can be viewed in with "Turn it over, and see how comical it looks; everything appears to have lost its gravity." This part of the work remains as a permanent piece of the collection within the walls of The Walters Art Museum 2014-present. 

Turn it over, and see how comical it looks; everything appears to have lost its gravity.

Turn it over, and see how comical it looks; everything appears to have lost its gravity.

2014

My great, great, great, grandfather's chair with writing on the bottom "Nagle 184-", paint made from burning one of my great, grandfather's chairs along with ancestral letters, receipts & documents, acrylic matte medium, steel, felt, hardware wall painted with paint made from the burned chair and letters

144" x 112", wood chair is about the size of an upside down chair at a jaunty angle 144” x 112” x 50”x 

Turn it over, and see how comical it looks; everything appears to have lost its gravity.

Turn it over, and see how comical it looks; everything appears to have lost its gravity.

detail of writing on bottom of the chair "Nagle 184-"

currently residing in Shannondell Continuing Care Retirement Community