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Reliquary for Art History
Reliquary for Art History
Acrylic paint on papier-mâché, tissue paper, and basswood, with 35mm slides
14.5" x 13.5" x 3"

Reliquary for Art History and Reliquary for Renaissance Art are meditations on my experiences in Academe. These works are a reflection on how the obsolescence of outdated forms of technology parallels the archaic notion of academic privilege for both student and professor.

Both pieces loosely mimic the classical temple form with a pediment space positioned above fifteen “classrooms,” each corresponding to the fifteen weeks in a typical college semester.

Reliquary for Art History utilizes discarded art history slides ranging from Prehistoric Art to Abstract Expressionism. Golden chairs insinuate the financial cost of higher education; classes fill while others are cancelled, seats are shuffled and ultimately discarded to the attic.

The Entenmann’s logo is on the reverse of this college classroom. Many members of my family worked at this local bakery while I was in high school. I might have easily pursued steady employment there, but instead attempted to break into the ivory tower of higher education