Stop, Rewind

2019; concrete, various aggregates, mirror, steel; 2019; $2500 for set; $500 each

Embalm: to preserve from decay. In this piece, I explored what it means to embalm, figuratively and literally; from literally preventing a body from rotting, to our societal tendency to rewind time, holding onto the past in order to escape change. VHS tapes are nostalgic. We don’t really have a use for them anymore yet they’re made out of a material that will take up to a thousand years to decompose. By casting the tapes out of organic material, concrete, I am embracing the nature of decomposition by using a material that will decay, while simultaneously embalming other items in the cement by using them as aggregates.

"Stop, Rewind"; 2019; Concrete, various aggregates, mirror, steel; 2019; $2500 for set; $500 each
Aggregate: Longfellow Elementary School shorts: owned by former educator Anne Brehler, school torn down in 2008.
Aggregate: Human hair, grown out and cut off of the artist's head.
Aggregate: Steel wool: wetted when cast to eventually rust.
Aggregate: VHS tape ribbon: pulled from the VHS tape used to make the VHS mold.
Aggregate: Stone pieces and dust, grass: stone swept from the College for Creative Studies' sculpture room floor, grass pulled from around campus.
Aggregate: Dried alginate mold: mold of artist's face.
(Detail in mirror of underside); Aggregate: Dried alginate mold: mold of artist's face.
(Detail in mirror of underside); Aggregate: Stone pieces and dust, grass: stone swept from the College for Creative Studies' sculpture room floor, grass pulled from around campus.
(Detail in mirror of underside); Aggregate: VHS tape ribbon: pulled from the VHS tape used to make the VHS mold.
(Detail in mirror of underside); Aggregate: Steel wool: wetted when cast to eventually rust.
(Detail in mirror of underside); Aggregate: Human hair, grown out and cut off of the artist's head.
(Detail in mirror of underside); Aggregate: Longfellow Elementary School shorts: owned by former educator Anne Brehler, school torn down in 2008.