Qilin is a chimerical creature from Chinese mythology that represents the spirit of Nature. Inside Qilin's mouth are five Hungry Ghosts, made from plastic water bottles molded into faces. Qilin, as Nature incarnate, carries and accepts all beings. Crying from inside her mouth, we cannot see that we are a part of her always. To be a Hungry Ghost is to forget that we and Nature are one. While destroying each other and the planet, we destroy ourselves. All materials for this piece were found during my residency in Xucun ancient village in the mountains of Shaanxi, China. It now lives in the Xucun Museum's permanent collection.
Metal wire, branches, grass rope, molded plastic water bottles
This commissioned piece was created as a sacred object to symbolize and invoke gentle and benevolent power. All commissions include a consultation exploring personal power archetypes, ancestral traditions and animism, as well as an Yi Jing reading.
A performance mask that is part of the Re-mythology/Queeros series. A merger of two tricksters from Toltec and Chinese opera traditions: Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent meets Chun Zhongli, the woman with the broken flower face.
30” x 21” x 8”
Paper maché, acrylic, jungle cock and peacock feathers
spider whale woman
This mask was a commissioned piece incorporating animal symbology, pythagorean numerology, and the buyer’s spiritual and cultural traditions. It features a spider woman with eight eyes spinning thread from her mouth, crowned by whales that carry sacred disks.
24” x 17.5” x 6”
Paper maché, mother of pearl shell inlay, blue papua shell inlay, acrylic, Mongolian horse hair, rabbit fur
This work is a re-mything of the ancient Chinese creation story of Nüwa and Fuxi, the brother-sister/husband-wife pair. This mask unifies the two as a single trans/two-spirit entity, unifying dualities and queering the hero's journey.