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Detail from City of Dying Dreams. Installation size variable.
CITY of DYING DREAMS began as a kind of homage to the Shipibo people who I visited many years ago on a trip alone in the Amazon where I collected some of their pottery and textiles. Decades later, inspired by their geometric patterns, I used a limited number of parts to make 1-of-a-kind 3-dimensional raw wood forms. Originally this sculpture was called The Forest of Dreams, but I soon realized I making a fanciful city, inspired by the architecture of the many places in the world where I traveled, as well as 19th and early 20th century architecture in New York. The election of Trump, however, slowly seeped into the making of this sculpture which became the City of Dying Dreams. What began as a striving to return to something basic turned into a sculpture representing a sorry state of affairs.