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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 on a trip alone years ago in the Amazon. Like the Shipibo who use a limited number of elements to make 1-of-a-kind geometric patterns on their pottery and textiles, I used a limited number of 3-dimensional geometric wood forms. These untreated wooden elements, made from children's model kits and craft products which I stacked and glued were made into 1-of-a-kind configurations.

 

But in the course of making this sculpture which was originally called The Forest of Dreams, I realized that although the Shipibo had inspired my process, what I was making was a fanciful city, inspired by architecture of places in the world where I traveled as well as 19th and early 20th century architecture in New York. 

 

The election of Trump, however, had slowly seeped into the making of this sculpture which became the City of Dying Dreams, a city slowly falling apart. What began as a striving to return to something basic turned into a sculpture representing a sorry state of affairs.

I would like to recreate this installation of small elements on a large scale.

 

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