Reliquary/Relinquish

Multicolor Gill Polypores (Lenzites betulina), fabric of an old nightshirt, plaster, fire remains, soot and smoke, weathered wood panel

2021

31"x16.25"x7"

This work has to do with the choices we make in bearing emotional weight, with choosing how we engage -- whether to keep at bay, or to inundate oneself with, or to bottle up, or to cast off. And how so often, these choices are made up of a reaction as well as an inverse reaction. When we keep something at a distance, something else will often step up in its place. One thing grows from the consequences of the other.

More specifically, this piece speaks to phases of death, to phases of grief and of letting go. It speaks to the experience of holding onto something until you can't anymore. Or the experience of trying to hold onto something even after it's gone.