Mixed Media 1995–2001

Offrenda for Those Who Died on the Road, 1997 Mixed Media Installation 84" x 64" x 31" Dismantled This altar was assembled for a Dia de los Muertes show at Jaqueline Ross Gallery. The central image above the table is wood, with slate carved into the shape of headstone;...

Carnaval, 1999 Wood, Steel, Stone & Mixed 25" x 18" x 4.75" Private Collection The central figures in Carnaval are Butoh dancers, while behind them mask makers in Rio de Janeiro show their wares. In the far background, a steel mill. The petrified hearts encased in steel mesh are...

Transmigration, 1995 Wood, Steel, bone & Mixed 17" x 16.5" x 3.75" Private Collection Transmigration was the one of the first of the 2-D Nkisi & is still probably my favorite. The central figure is a Butoh dancer. The eye or sun above her is a close-up of a...

Bound Nkondi, 1997 Wood, Steel, Paper, Glass & Mixed 19.5" x 14.5" x 3" Private Collection In addition to nails, Nkisi often have knotted rope, string or chains to bind or guide the spirits within. So this photo of a heavily tied statue on a loading dock was a...

Prayer for the safe return of conscripts, 1999 Wood, Steel, Mirror & Mixed 19.5" x 41" x 5.5" Private Collection The photo at the heart of this piece depicts chained men conscripted into military service. Various offerings are laid out to assist them in returning home. The small bone...

Rootworker, 1997 Wood, Paint, Pastel & Mixed 9.5" x 20.75" x 4" Collection: The Artist The portrait was done in chalk, conté & acrylic worked over a xerox of a photo taken by Sergei Eisentstein in Mexico. Nails adorn the figure as in an minkisi sculpture. The tarred knife...

Medicine Nkondi, 1997 Wood, Steel, Glass & Mixed 12.75" x 8.5" x 4.5" Private Collection It's difficult to see in the photo, but the figure in this piece is a transparency mounted below glass. The face is a shell cabochon I carved attached above the surface of the glass....

Underground, 1999 Wood, Steel, Stone & Mixed 27.5" x 17.5" x 6" Available The face in the top half is carved from roofing slate. The metal to the left is the running board of an ambulance found in Ypsilanti, MI. Mojo jars hang as medicines, covered in cloth bags...

Hunter Nkondi, 1997 Wood, Steel, Bone & Mixed 56" x 25.5" x 6.5" Available The image is carved out of the paint— I painted the whole sheet of steel, and then scratched away the paint to reveal the figure. What doesn't come through well in the photo is the...