my mule, 2003-06, Glass beads, papier machê, and mixed media, 23 x 18 x 30, white fawn, 1984, Beads and mixed media on papier-mâché, 14 x 9 x 9.5, morning ewe, 2006-07, Glass beads, papier mache, mixed media, 19 x 15 x 17
In 1981, I began the series of ornamented animal trophy heads of deer, elk and moose and wild cats...they are beautiful images of rebirth, the death somewhat masked by their beauty. They are also a feminization of the traditionally male role as hunter, which has for centuries carried an unspoken taboo for women....see more work here and a video here.
The aspect of collective memory refers to something people of my generation all remember. For people of future generations these iconic images become collectibles. "Collectibles" does, in fact, refer to our collective memories. It is important that these works not be nostalgic or sentimental, but offer a departure point for all of us to remember as we face the future.