The Forever Museum_ The Untitled: The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State
These works are mainly based on a text first published in 1884, "The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State", compiled from notes of Friedrich Engels. It addresses issues of human development concerning early matrilineal clan formation, savagery/barbarism, civilization and state/property.
Labyrinths in my current work are used as both anti-navigation symbols and targets. The labyrinth design within the attached images is of a garden labyrinth dated to 16th century Florence. It was originally designed to keep the peasantry away from palace walls.
The images depicting a group of five plaster casts of the head of Artemis were created from a late Roman copy. I recreated three separate molds of the figure, each with unique features (blood and plaster attachment). I use mould-making as a tool to manipulate historical forms and symbols, in this case the goddess of the hunt.
The grids on the walls were created from twelve deconstructed embroideries of French origin, dated 1950-1970. The grids are categorized by sky, water, animal, human, land, vegetation, and production. This is in reference to Friedrich Engels’ text, "Origins of the Family, Private Property and The State".
The window of the project space features an artist-issued French translation of an essay by Jack A. Goldstone, which analyzes the role of intellectuals in state rebellions. It details aspects of the French Revolution (1789–1799) as an example of said intellectuals' input in state violence. It also argues that such involvement often leads to the rejection of the thinkers by the same factions they create.