Projects > Geology of Leaving, Artifacts of Fire and Brimstone

Inspired by a carved stone mace head from Bâb Edh-Dhrâ, an Early Bronze Age city excavated near the Dead Sea and a proposed site of the biblical city of Sodom, I cast a fictional handle for this relic in solid bronze and applied a sulphur patina to reclaim fire and brimstone as agents of change. This collection of artifacts from Sodom and Gomorrah both ancient and present reimagines the story as one of queer escape, protection, and the transcendent landscape of the Dead Sea as inspiration for re-building futures. Excavating multifaceted perspectives as a guide for future survival, I sought material applications that engage with the geology of leaving, gaining strength from the transparency of attachments, the fiery bronze-casting process in its early years, and queer histories lost in time.
Made for The Temporary Institute of Early Art at Pancake House Minneapolis in partnership with the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library.

Handle for a mace head from Sodom and Gomorrah, Early Bronze Age
Cast bronze, sulphur patina, finished with iron oxide and polished sections.
2021
Handle for a mace head from Sodom and Gomorrah, Early Bronze Age (detail)
Cast bronze, sulphur patina, finished with iron oxide and polished sections.
2021
Geology of Leaving, Artifacts of Fire and Brimstone
Cast bronze handle designed for a stone mace head found at Bâb Edh-Dhrâ (Sodom), with sulphur patina, finished with iron oxide and polished sections, Abalone shell fragment (Sonoma Coast), Rx bottle, obsidian pebbles (Wyoming), tin molybdomancy fortune fo
2021
Geology of Leaving, Artifacts of Fire and Brimstone (detail)
Cast bronze, sulphur patina, finished with iron oxide and polished sections.
2021
Geology of Leaving, Artifacts of Fire and Brimstone (detail of Salt Water Molybdomancy Fortune)
Abalone shell fragment (Sonoma Coast), Rx bottle, obsidian pebbles (Wyoming), tin molybdomancy fortune for 2021 cast in salt water (salinity of the Dead Sea)
2021
Geology of Leaving, Artifacts of Fire and Brimstone (detail of Brimstone Orgonight)
Brimstone Orgonite made of resin, mica, broken glass, plastic bag, paintbrush hairs, Selenite dust (Utah) and pigment, LED lights, forged steel with gold leaf and beeswax, wood.
2021
Geology of Leaving, Artifacts of Fire and Brimstone
Cast bronze handle designed for a stone mace head found at Bâb Edh-Dhrâ (Sodom), with sulphur patina, finished with iron oxide and polished sections, Abalone shell fragment (Sonoma Coast), Rx bottle, obsidian pebbles (Wyoming), tin molybdomancy fortune fo
2021