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Waiting with phoenix under the pyre...

Bone, dead electronics
2012
Waiting with phoenix under the pyre...
Waiting with phoenix under the pyre... @COLLISION18:present

Unusual for a piece from me, this sculpture is only moving in an emotional sense.  It does not plug in, though it appears that it may.  It is plugged in only to itself.  

The title is an excerpt from the Dylan Thomas poem, "Unluckily for a Death".  The sculpture consists of a large bone (the thigh bone of a cow found on family property in the New Mexican desert) plugged into a control box that used to provide voltage to some part of laboratory equipment, but was discarded.  The juxtaposition, to me, is suggestive of death and resurrection.  Both objects used to be vital parts of active organisms, were discarded, rescued, and now find new life in a poetic sense.  The image of a bone plugged into a piece of lab electronics echoes of Frankensteinian longings for a way to reactivate what has died, or of escaping the march to dust.  

I also find it funny, but then I have a dark sense of humor...

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