Modern Altars, 2007

Georgia College and State University, Blackbridge Gallery, Milledgeville, GA

We make altars without realizing it. It starts by simply organizing a space. Perhaps the objects placed there have something in common – although this may be only through an intuitive response at first. Then perhaps, given time, we start to make some conscious connections between items, and begin to unravel their significance. And then maybe items get switched out for particular reasons, maybe in response to times of the year, for example. This wayward path describes my journey into keeping an altar in my home, and becoming more comfortable in speaking about it. These four installations explore how I might use altars in a more deliberate and temporal way, and how I might incorporate action into their function.

To sum up a bit easier, this work is about the sacredness of objects. No one needs to be reminded of the growing “virtualness” of our society, prompted by speed, speed, speed. I like art that takes time. I like objects that hold stories, objects that people hold dear. A rock could come from the moon, from the Berlin Wall, or from your front yard. Each holds a different meaning, though the rocks may appear identical; in this significance I find beauty.

These altars include some of my most literal work, reflecting very current personal life events. Though it was unsettling to find myself speaking of such specific things, it was personally comforting to address the issues in a physical format. Other than these events, influences include an ever-present search for connection with history, and a prayer for sight, for truth in daily living.