Glazed porcelain. Installation dimensions. 7” x 54” x 3”
Inspired by the figures of two children dancing among a tide of beleaguered grownups in Lorado Taft’s 1920 “Fountain of Time” on the edge of Washington Park on the South Side of Chicago. Thirteen figures cast from a cloth-bodied child doll, prance across a wall at floor level. Two mimic the poses of Taft’s dancing children; others echo poses found in photos of displaced children dancing in unlikely circumstance around the world. Apparently oblivious to human struggle, dismissed and yet underfoot, they tug toward the future.
Always With You, 2012
Glazed porcelain, splashed iron. 8” x 7” x ¾”
Home Sick, 2011
Sterling silver, bronze, porcelain, cast iron, sheet lead
24 castings each approx. 1 ¼ ” x 2 ½” x 2″
Chair 32.5″x16.5″x17.5″; Bags @ approx. 11″x5″x3″
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.
Soft Touch, 2006
Cast iron, cast porcelain, painted wood
Installation dimensions variable; blocks @ 12″x12″x12″
Twelve iron casts of a small girl’s hand rest on foot square painted wood blocks. Each hand touches a plain female peg doll, slip cast in porcelain and jointed with white embroidery thread. The installation reflects on moments of reversal when a daughter’s strength surpasses that of her mother.
Soft Touch premiered at Soho20 Chelsea as part of “Soft Touch/Wondering Eye”, a collaborative exhibition with the artist’s father, R. Darrel Bock, who offered a selection from his life’s work in art photography on the surrounding walls.
“Soft Touch/Wondering Eye” exhibition catalog, with introductory essay by Zofia Burr http://monicabock.com/soft_touch.pdfSaveSave
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