" 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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Intimate Installations

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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Intimate Installations

 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

Bergere revisited with chair, table,cozy

Bergere revisited with chair, table,cozy

Great Grandfather Bastress' settee circa 1870, fabric, vinyl, ratcheting straps, polyfil, goose feathers, cotton, thread, gimp, hooks, mother of pearl button, 108” x 130” x 70” variable- couch vinyl, goose feathers, polyfil, mink, raccoon, thread, button 2013 19" x 48" x 30" variable chair,table, cozy relaxation device including versatile cup holder, and mink beer cozies (performance) installed in Area 405 October 2013 for studio visit with Mera Rubell for WPA Select 36 studios

Bergere

Bergere

Great Grandfather Bastress' settee circa 1870, fabric, vinyl, ratcheting straps, polyfil, goose feathers, cotton, thread, gimp, hooks, mother of pearl button, 108” x 130” x 70” variable- couch vinyl, goose feathers, polyfil, mink, raccoon, thread, button 2013 19" x 48" x 30" variable chair,table, cozy relaxation device including versatile cup holder, and mink beer cozies (performance) installed in Area 405 October 2013 for studio visit with Mera Rubell for WPA Select 36 studios

Bergere ( with chair, table and cozy)

Bergere ( with chair, table and cozy)

Great Grandfather Bastress' settee circa 1870, fabric, vinyl, ratcheting straps, polyfil, goose feathers, cotton, thread, gimp, hooks, mother of pearl button, 108” x 130” x 70” variable- couch vinyl, goose feathers, polyfil, mink, raccoon, thread, button 2013 19" x 48" x 30" variable chair,table, cozy relaxation device including versatile cup holder, and mink beer cozies (performance) installed in Area 405 October 2013 for studio visit with Mera Rubell for WPA Select 36 studios

bergere (detail)

bergere (detail)

Great Grandfather Bastress' settee circa 1870, fabric, vinyl, ratcheting straps, polyfil, goose feathers, cotton, thread, gimp, hooks, mother of pearl button, 108” x 130” x 70” variable- couch vinyl, goose feathers, polyfil, mink, raccoon, thread, button 2013 19" x 48" x 30" 

stationary ambitude

stationary ambitude

 

2013 My Mother's Walnut Tea Cart circa 1930, vinyl, fringe, aluminum, cotton string, fabric, thread, glue, hardware, polyfil, ratcheting strap, pin 106” x 80” x 30” 

stationary ambitude

stationary ambitude

2013 My Mother's Walnut Tea Cart circa 1930, vinyl, fringe, aluminum, cotton string, fabric, thread, glue, hardware, polyfil, ratcheting strap, pin 106” x 80” x 30” 

rememberment ( with Melvin)

rememberment ( with Melvin)

My Grandfather Stewart's Birdseye Maple dresser circa 1920,  vinyl, fabric, goose feathers, Great Aunt Ada Smith's blond mink, polyfil, thread, gimp, thread, glue, hardware, ratcheting strap. 2013 36" x 22" x 14" ( variable with column) I strapped this to column after hacking it apart, cutting it down, and reassembling it. I had lived with this dresser growing up at my Grand's, then at my house. It's safely strapped to the column with Melvin's soft and fluffy resting pad for comfort and security.

if you will be quiet, and sit down with your book, like a good girl

if you will be quiet, and sit down with your book, like a good girl

Great grandmother Smith's favorite rocking chair, my Father's-and possibly his father's clamps, steel, fabric, goose feathers, polyfil, vinyl, tassels, thread. 160” x 30” x 30” 2013

if you will be quiet, and sit down with your book, like a good girl (detail)

if you will be quiet, and sit down with your book, like a good girl (detail)

if you will be quiet, and sit down with your book, like a good girl (detail)

if you will be quiet, and sit down with your book, like a good girl (detail)

Bebus and drawings 1 through 12

Bebus and drawings 1 through 12

Bebus and drawings 1 through 12

2013

Burns1883,

BBW1896,

teaspoon1852,

Botany for Young1858,

MEW1860,

EMS by GM1894,

ledger1872,

Browning1882,

jamspoon1926,

EMS1893,

Lilypad1869,

saladfork1881

fabric, wood wall polyfil, gimp, burlap, thread, pins, paper, graphite upholstered faux wall with graphite drawings derived from signatures and engravings from family possessions 98” x 144” x 17” 

 

Bebus and drawings 1 through 12

Bebus and drawings 1 through 12

detail of graphite drawings

Bebus and drawings 1 through 12 detail

Bebus and drawings 1 through 12 detail

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Acquisition of Poise

Bebus and drawings 1 through 12 (detail)

Bebus and drawings 1 through 12 (detail)

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Acquisition of Poise

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the drawer and the self portrait

the drawer and the self portrait

 

2012

graphite on paper 5" x 7", drawer from my grandfather's side table c 1910, with “Watson” written on it, just so we'd know where it came from, as with all of our furniture, and books

15" x 15" x 2" 

shoe

shoe

rememberment (detail)

rememberment (detail)

if I found it in the photograph

if I found it in the photograph

 

2013 graphite on paper, Grandfather Watson's table circa 1920 120" x 120" x 2" images in these drawings are derived from looking at family albums and drawing only items I currently possess. This is an ongoing series. 

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Acquisition of Poise

if I found it in the photograph (detail)

if I found it in the photograph (detail)

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Acquisition of Poise

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Acquisition of Poise

extracted drawings

extracted drawings

2013

graphite on paper with steel

“Ah!" said Gluck, "if that river were really all gold."

“Ah!" said Gluck, "if that river were really all gold."

 

2013

Air conditioning duct, steel, cotton, fabric, foam,drawer from my Grandfather Stewart's Birdseye Maple dresser circa 1920, steel, fringe, caster, ratcheting straps

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Acquisition of Poise

rememberment

rememberment

My Grandfather Stewart's Birdseye Maple dresser circa 1920,  vinyl, fabric, goose feathers, Great Aunt Ada Smith's blond mink, polyfil, thread, gimp, thread, glue, hardware variable - here it is teetering without a column and with Melvin & Melvin and small, vinyl and gimp cover for motion detector. 2013 36" x 22" x 14" I strapped this to the after taking it apart and reassembling it. I had lived with this dresser growing up at my Grand's, then at my house for years. 2013

Festoon

Festoon

fabric, thread, curtain rod, goose feathers 105” x 40” x 14” variable installed at Delicious Spectacle, Washington, DC September 2012 for “it was my”