21st CENTURY ART, C.E. - B.C.
"...the geometry is the light..."
Julie Custer, Jill Foote-Hutton, Jann Garitty, Horst,
Andy Jordan, Sharon Kallis, Shannon Kirby, Barbara Meneley, Teresa
Redden, Connie Sabo, Jennevieve Schlemmer, Robin Worley and Mary Welch,
Plastic and dog hair
Tinned copper and pearls
"Is it better to be caged and freed, than never to have been caged at
know my cat
well enough to know
that he is as
a cheetah, a snow leopard, a yeti,
whose white paws tap at the
objects of perception.
It upsets Shiva-purna
to see those
(hanging in our Great Hall the "living room,"
will, in this 100 year old nunnery
that supports Shiva-purna's perch
made of felted, bright wool, layer upon layer of reds,
yellows, and a shade as dark as a Siamese cat's ears;
clear plastic and
dog-hair, ballooning like Marie
Antoinette's ball gown; made of a
slim column of
dissolved by sunlight, buttoned with black pearls; made
scented, diamond cuts of ecologically-to-be-treasured Scotch-broom;
constructed of stained-glass-mullioned-window trim beneath a dimpled
silk; made of a torso-ed chandelier, shimmering with
made of tightly twisted-living-newspaper
thirty feet long, its train splaying out across the ancient, saged
slim rusted-wire, a mannequin-ghost, its drooping,
around the polished floor;
made of saris and ties, a
ceramic, a white-bodiced, hearted-paean; made of
with blue-belting-straps feathered to enclose the blouse;
made of pale
and white, a medieval nuns gown with pomegranate
atop the balcony wall, gazes and gazes
as if he
out-sized birds to move about.
He is stunned by their immobility and
He hops down, hunkers in the well at the top of the stairs,
So intense is his desire to return
to his furred,
that he learns to paw open the dead weight
of the fire
Tomorrow, he crouches again in the hall,
guarding the door to the
begging to be let in to face his terror.
on the west shoulder of the kimono.
Shiva-purna strained forward.
Before he can sprout wings,
I open the door, toss him
Installation images copyright © 2004
Shiva-purna image copyright © 2004 Mary Welch
"It Upsets My Cat" Copyright © Jan Haag 2004
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Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org