Steel and stainless steel basin,water filled to the line until the LED lights die out (50,000 hours), stinging nettles, acrylic, silicone, and laser-etched foam
48 x 24 x 30"
Installation view: Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
A narcissistic fountain of death that could maybe quench the thirst of a city horse if it is desperate, as long as it has a strong gut. When you feed her grains her body rejects it; the beautiful mare is injured from the race. As she begins to gallop, the rust seeps into your pores and purifies them with its acidic dye. A Sunday afternoon is spent pulling out new white hairs, dying a mustache back to blonde. I am one of a kind, I am told.
You live in a city where the employees of a chemical company work in the midsts of delicate sculptures that represent The Four Sons of Aymon and their magical horse, Bayard. Drift glass was once a piece of trash but now invites you into the illusion that it is a part of the natural world.
There, on the pendant boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide,
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up;
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes,
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element; but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.