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Strew Life Preserver(1996)

I constructed the literal translation into material of the old saying, “A drowning man will grasp at a straw.” Using paint thinner as a solvent, I dissolved and scraped out the flotation agent (polyethylene) in a life preserver. I then packed it with straw and painted the exterior canvas red. I placed the life preserver with the concealed straw on the gallery floor as a symbol of ‘the power to save.’ The process of transliteration through substitution is the artwork.


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