November 9, 2018 - April 14, 2019
The series of mirrored glass panels merges word with pattern, weaving the visceral, dirty, humorous, and sublime into an object of specular and spiritual reflection. Using a process that incorporates sandblast etching on glass and hand-tinted mirroring, the reflective surfaces are carved with messages entangled with vintage wallpaper patterns from the late 1800s-1930s. With traces of the artist’s touch and the scattershot of sandblast visible, the slightly muddied, silvered surfaces harken to reflective objects through history, from scrying mirrors and the Victorian looking glass to selfie-friendly art installations. For an era ensconced in positive affirmations, self-defining aspirational texts, and personal poetic mantras, these works offer yet another tool to curate the catalogue of the self.
Originally commissioned by the City of Bellevue for Bellwether 2018, this large-scale text piece continues a series of site-responsive drawings inspired by regional cultural landmarks, You Had Me At (Bellevue) comprises a poetic list that invokes characteristics and signifiers of Bellevue and its surroundings.