Home Sick, 2011
Sterling silver, bronze, porcelain, cast iron, sheet lead
48 dental castings each approx. 1 ¼ ” x 2 ½” x 2″
Iron chair 32.5″x16.5″x17.5″; iron bags @ approx. 11″x5″x3″; lead plaques 3″x5″
Home Sick, a retrospective installation, presented a complete collection of forty-eight pair of metal dental casts, each resting on an individual porcelain niche-shelf. The casts chronicle the falling out and growing in of a pair of siblings’ teeth over a seven-year period. The sister’s collection of teeth, cast in silver, is called Tooth for a Tooth; the brother’s, cast in bronze, is called Cheek by Jowl. The teeth are souvenir relics serving as a memoir and memorial of childhood from a mother’s perspective. The maternal self-portrait, Dear as Salt, a cast iron chair standing askew with one leg lifted on two cast iron lunch bags, accompanied the collection of teeth. The installation closed with two piles of sheet lead plaques that record the siblings’ days spent home sick in the course of a year.