I’ve been thinking about this piece for about a year now, I still don’t have a solid title. The original title was “52”, but I knew that was just a working title. The installation consists of fifty two carved figures each in a transparent acrylic box. The figures are 9.5”/5”/2.25”, they will fit in the boxes snugly. When installed the boxes will lay on the floor in rows of four.
I roughed out each figure on the band saw and now have begun carving the details. Each figure is identical with one exception, each will have a different facial expression and none will have eyes. I’ve ordered the acrylic for the boxes and will construct them soon. With the price of the acrylic and the wood I figure this project will cost me about $800 to $1000 dollars to produce, I love it.
This work is inspired by the Haida repatriation project and an interview I saw on T.V. The Haida’s repatriated the remains of our ancestors from museums from around the world and brought them back home to be buried. In the interview I saw, a Haida woman was speaking of her experience of hearing voices in the halls where the Haida remains were being held. I will talk more about this project as it unfolds