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Chandelier
Lead Crystal Glass
1 x 1 x 4 feet
2015-2016

2015 Chandelier

Chandelier came from the desire to put forward the unrepresented body by inverting an otherwise "delightful," decorative centerpiece into an ignored American history. I borrowed the chandelier’s structure of suspension to hang a limp rope, curved to express a certain body language. I also took the chandelier's materials of light and glass, particularly lead crystal, so that its transparency and natural illumination could potentially become political. --"This is not a rope"-- but rather puts forward and pays homage to all the invisible bodies seen but not heard. It speaks to the residue of violence invisibly infused onto a landscape. Andre Breton's understanding of beauty as it must be "convulsive or will not be at all" is delicately explored in this work.  

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