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OUTTA MY GOURD
2006
Installation

It’s a dramatic moment as gourds attempt to escape the harmony
of their natural setting. They flee from the very things that make
them so attractive and interesting, namely the balanced form, sense of movement, and rich mottled coloring of their shells. The peace and quiet of the gourd patch is no longer desirable.

The bottle and goose neck gourds emerge from the ground, climb through decrepit fence enclosures, crawl into a field and fly through the air. Some of the gourds are individually notched to fit snugly between the fence pickets. Others are sliced across the bottom to appear as if they rise out of the floor or pass through the wall. Various pieces of the fences are cast about, emphasizing the chaos of the situation.

 

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