Swallow(ed) | 20' diameter | Porcelain, saltwater, reclaimed wood | 2006 - 2013 | Installation view | The Gallery at the Macomb Center for the Arts | Macomb Community College | Macomb, MI | Mar 2006
Swallow(ed) began as a tribute to the individuals affected by 2004's tsunami in Southeast Asia. In 2005, while continuing to build the piece, Katrina, and several others hurricanes, hit the Gulf Coast of the United States. Since then, other coastal areas of the U.S. and the world have been dramatically impacted by natural and man-made disasters. Suffering ongoing effects from Hurricane Sandy (2012), for instance, and the earthquakes in Haiti (2010) and Japan (2011), the work remains relevant and timely. Much remains to be done.
In Swallow(ed), each palm-sized porcelain bowl is filled with saltwater, representing the ocean, as well as tears. In the wake of the ocean's force, much was damaged or lost. Purposefully built with reclaimed wood, the tables represent, among other things, the man-made structures we create and inhabit.
Swallow(ed) speaks to the fragility and resilience of our lives, both physically and psychologically.