" I wish I could wear my pretty clothes all the time mama! O, I wish I could!"

" I wish I could wear my pretty clothes all the time mama! O, I wish I could!"

Two identical photographs of my grandmother, 1895, (age 3), 23k gold leaf, steel, vinyl, thread, gimp

2016

20" x11" x 5"

collection of LF Adams

"I wish I could wear my pretty clothes all the time mama! O, I wish I could!"

"I wish I could wear my pretty clothes all the time mama! O, I wish I could!"

Two identical photographs of my grandmother, 1895, (age 3), 23k gold leaf, steel, vinyl, thread, gimp

2016

20" x11" x 5"

" I wish I could wear my pretty clothes all the time mama! O, I wish I could!"

" I wish I could wear my pretty clothes all the time mama! O, I wish I could!"

Two identical photographs of my grandmother, 1895, (age 3), 23k gold leaf, steel, vinyl, thread, gimp

2016

20" x11" x 5"

"O," thought he, "what if I should die like the others? how unprepared!”

"O," thought he, "what if I should die like the others? how unprepared!”

2015

vinyl, upholstery fabric, polyfil, steel, aluminum, graphite, family photographs and cartes de visites great great grandfather Watson carried during The Civil War, 23k gold leaf, his starched cuff, the deed, mourning fabric, thread, gimp, jute, staples, glue, hardware 108”x 122” x 100” 

I do hope this shares the melancholy and humour of death in some way

"O," thought he, "what if I should die like the others? how unprepared!”

"O," thought he, "what if I should die like the others? how unprepared!”

detail of the gilded fronts of the cart de visite and photographs encased in vinyl 2015

O, thought he, what if I should die like the others? how unprepared! (detail)

O, thought he, what if I should die like the others? how unprepared! (detail)

the carte de visites my great great grandfather carried through the civil war, with 23 karat gold defacing or immortalizing each photograph.

O, thought he, what if I should die like the others? how unprepared! (detail)

O, thought he, what if I should die like the others? how unprepared! (detail)

O, thought he, what if I should die like the others? how unprepared! (detail)

O, thought he, what if I should die like the others? how unprepared! (detail)

"O," thought he, "what if I should die like the others? how unprepared!”

"O," thought he, "what if I should die like the others? how unprepared!”

detail of one of the backs, each had been written on by my ancestors

Allegheny Mountains, horseshoe curve, if that river were really all gold

Allegheny Mountains, horseshoe curve, if that river were really all gold

2013

Great Great Grandmother Mierly's picture frame, wood from the library table, fabric, gimp, goose feathers, polyfil, foam, springs, stainless steel, hardware, fringe, glue, pins, copper tacks, thread

77” x 80” x 50” 

 a little bit extra bedazzling

a little bit extra bedazzling

the golden gift: no trifling testimony to the comfortable belief

the golden gift: no trifling testimony to the comfortable belief

2014

fabric, vinyl, goose feathers, polyfil, raw wool, steel, gimp, tassels, thread, pins

108” x 68” x 50” 

the golden gift: no trifling testimony to the comfortable belief

the golden gift: no trifling testimony to the comfortable belief

But the lit-tle ba-by man was al-so wise and wit-ty, and he called him-self Od-dy Wad-dle, af-ter a fun-ny lit-tle fel-low that lived in the look-ing-glass.

But the lit-tle ba-by man was al-so wise and wit-ty, and he called him-self Od-dy Wad-dle, af-ter a fun-ny lit-tle fel-low that lived in the look-ing-glass.

2014

framed photograph of grandfather Bruce Bastress Watson circa 1903, his suede hat, great great grandfather Watson's shaving mirror circa 1860, great great great grandfather Nagle's cotton woven coverlet dated 1841, dyed upholstery fabric, polyfil, jute strapping, gimp, vinyl, steel, casters, hardware, magic,glue, thread, pins 

108" x 70" x 80" variable 

But the lit-tle ba-by man was al-so wise and wit-ty, and he called him-self Od-dy Wad-dle, af-ter a fun-ny lit-tle fel-low that lived in the look-ing-glass.

But the lit-tle ba-by man was al-so wise and wit-ty, and he called him-self Od-dy Wad-dle, af-ter a fun-ny lit-tle fel-low that lived in the look-ing-glass.

But the lit-tle ba-by man was al-so wise and wit-ty, and he called him-self Od-dy Wad-dle, af-ter a fun-ny lit-tle fel-low that lived in the look-ing-glass.

But the lit-tle ba-by man was al-so wise and wit-ty, and he called him-self Od-dy Wad-dle, af-ter a fun-ny lit-tle fel-low that lived in the look-ing-glass.

detail of grandfather's hat and the mirror 

You know, mamma, you say that useful things should be attended to before ornamental.

You know, mamma, you say that useful things should be attended to before ornamental.

2015 

My Mother's silk taffeta dress, 1953, photographs from 1953 &1984 23k gold leaf, vinyl, gimp, polyfil, steel, my grandmother's wool petticoat from 1896, my great great great grandmother's book, 1820

 

180” x 55” x 48”

You know, mamma, you say that useful things should be attended to before ornamental.

You know, mamma, you say that useful things should be attended to before ornamental.

2015 (detail)

My Mother's silk taffeta dress, 1953, photographs from 1953 &1984 23k gold leaf, vinyl, gimp, polyfil, steel, my grandmother's wool petticoat from 1896, my great great great grandmother's book, 1820 180” x 55” x 48”

You know, mamma, you say that useful things should be attended to before ornamental.

You know, mamma, you say that useful things should be attended to before ornamental.

2015 (detail)

My Mother's silk taffeta dress, 1953, photographs from 1953 &1984 23k gold leaf, vinyl, gimp, polyfil, steel, my grandmother's wool petticoat from 1896, my great great great grandmother's book, 1820 180” x 55” x 48”

redacted gilt

redacted gilt

2015
six altered letters written from my great grandfather to my grandfather 1919-1926, vinyl, 23k gold leaf, silk thread, tassels, steel

12" x 3" x 3"

redacted gilt

redacted gilt

2015
six altered letters written from my great grandfather to my grandfather 1919-1926, vinyl, 23k gold leaf, silk thread, tassels, steel

12" x 3" x 3"

They usually try to escape by running very fast

They usually try to escape by running very fast

rebuilt wood toys from my father 1935, vinyl,steel,polyfil,velvet, silk, elastic, thread, gimp wax

2015

25"x 4" x 9" each approx

 

They usually try to escape by running very fast

They usually try to escape by running very fast

rebuilt wood toys from my father 1935, vinyl,steel,polyfil,velvet, silk, gimp, thread, elastic, wax

2015

25" x 4" x 9"

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They usually try to escape by running very fast

They usually try to escape by running very fast

rebuilt wood toys from my father 1935, vinyl,steel,polyfil,velvet, silk, gimp, thread, wax

2015

25" x 4" x 9"

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 rebuilt wood toys from my father 1935, vinyl. steel, polyfil, velvet, silk, wax, thread, elastic, pins  2015

rebuilt wood toys from my father 1935, vinyl. steel, polyfil, velvet, silk, wax, thread, elastic, pins

2015