OBJECTS & COLLABORATIONS
Household Gods Prayer Cards
Ink and wax on paper in illustrated box with naturally polished beach stone
8 cards, 3.5” x 5“
Prayer cards for eight ordinary moments when hope is waning. Meditate on the relevant image to recover fortitude and find new inspiration. The card sets also offer suggested prayers to include in those meditations, to be read aloud or internally, though you might prefer to personalize them or compose your own. These were originally shown in the Pocket Deity show at Orcas Paley in Seattle, WA. Learn more about them here.
Ceremonial Cups (a collaboration w/ WiL Labelle)
Stoneware clay, glaze
3" x 4"
These stoneware cups and saucers, shaped by WiL Labelle with surface design by Coleman Stevenson, are crafted for both practical and metaphysical use and are inspired by Ancient Greek scrying bowls, Victorian era fortune telling teacups, and ancient Mesopotamian apotropaic incantation bowls. These were originally shown in the Pocket Deity show at Orcas Paley in Seattle, WA. Learn more here.
Two Paths (a collaboration w/ Noelle Suzanne Barce)
An exploration of the poem "I Am Nothing's Mother" by Coleman Stevenson
Part of the exhibition VISIONS at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, Oregon, June 4 - July 26, 2019. Images on the left side of the following pairs are by Barce, on the right by Stevenson. Read more about the project here.
Poetry Vending Machine
An exploration of the folktale "East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon"
East O' the Sun was an interactive poem project in The Venderia vending machine in which the folktale-inspired poem was spontaneously and unpredictably retold as text cards were sold from the machine slots and others moved up to take their places. Each text card had one of twelve images enclosed. The image cards were later reproduced as a mini oracle deck with one additional image included, professionally printed with playing card coating. The deck can be used like and oracle deck to examine life’s many situations, solve problems, make decisions, and explore possibilities for the future, but it can also be used for creative exercises and story games.
Pompeii (a collaboration w/ Dale Gronso)
Concrete, Wood, Glass, Acrylic
Individual tiles 3” x 6” x 2”
Pompeii is a collaborative work with the designer Dale Gronso. The sculptures are a reaction to the knowledge and complacent attitude we all have living at the base of an active volcano. The concrete tiles are intended to be installed as a field within outdoor environments. If installed horizontally, accumulation of soil and plant growth is expected to occur in the seams and crevices further reflecting the aftermath of this type of natural disaster. If installed vertically, the flow of water over the façade is intended to move in the same pattern of a volcanic lahar among the suburban neighborhoods.
We Call It Shelter (a collaboration w/ Kyle Aldrich)
130” x 112”
Working back and forth between word and image, this collaboration began with the word shelter. It poked and prodded at the security we assume our structures provide to our lives and relationships, ultimately arriving at a new personal comfort located in nostalgia and storytelling. The resulting series of vignettes was a branching nest…a series of doors at the end of a long hallway.