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August 2022


A hollow structure crowned with abstract, gargoyle-like forms, this work explores ideas surrounding the intersection of the practical and the spiritual. The sandy finish of the work mimics an ossified creature or a tool from previous generations, yet the gargoyle-like forms suggest a surreal spiritual device. Gargoyles traditionally play a dual role, that of caretaker, providing the practical function of clearing water from a building and that of spiritual warden, protecting a building and its inhabitants from evil spirits. The intriguing physical form of the gargoyle is an additional and unintentional by-product that does not address either function. The piece confronts the idea that a by-product that does not address an intended function can be a compelling characteristic of a functional object. This piece interrogates whether an object needs to be justified by a practical or spiritual function or whether it needs to be justified at all.