Canopic Self-Portraits: 2015-Present
This is a series of four self-portraits created at two-thirds scale inspired by Egyptian Canopic Jars. In their burial tradition, the Egyptians separated the four most important organs from the body and entrusted them each to a god or goddess that would take them into the afterlife for the deceased. The organs are: intestines, stomach, liver and lungs. In each sculpture of the series, the body's pose reflects my conception of the organ, and the head is that of the corresponding god or goddess. I began the series in 2015 and plan to finish it during the spring of 2016.
The second member of this series is Duamutef, the jackal headed god. His organ is the stomach, which to me represents desire and passion. Accordingly, the pose is one of a huntress about to pounce. The skin for this piece is made with dyed cyanotype prints and the face is a mixture of machine and hand embroidery.
The first member of this series is Qebehsenuef, the falcon headed god. His organ is the intestines, which to me represents anxiety and fear. Accordingly, the pose is a precarious crouch. The skin for this piece is made with cyanotype prints and the face is a mixture of machine and hand embroidery.