"Pyxis Awry (strainer)", 12/2020, bronze, 3.5"h x13.5"w x8.5"d (9 x 34x 21cm)

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Pyxis is a small and faint constellation in the southern sky. Its name is Latin for a mariner's compass   Pyxis is completely visible in latitudes south of 53 degrees north from January through March.

awry  1 : in a turned or twisted position or direction: askew      2 : off the correct or expected course: amiss

 

The works in this series feature a “vessel” form - historically understood in art and literature as a

symbol or metaphor for the self, a group of people, human kind. If the vessel's compass is awry it will likely end up adrift, untethered, off course.

My intent with this series is raise questions/search for answers relative to personal (or a group) decisions or courses of action and

shed light on the resulting consequences, whether they are personal, political, environmental.

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strainer: major river hazard in kayaking/canoeing.

It is created by a manmade or natural obstruction such as a tree, root system, fencing, or guard rails

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