The Belt of Orion’s Never Wife

sculpture and artist book
medium: acrylic and linen thread
edition size: 2

Closed: 14 in. x 7 in. x 2 in.
Open: 14 in. x 15 in. x 15 in.

Nothing gained is nothing lost, or so we tell ourselves when our best laid plans do not work as we expect. Like the hero Orion whose strength, skill and best intentions were no match for the stubbornness of the father and brother of the two women he loved, we often succumb to the fate of our own and others’ determination. In Orion’s case, he was made blind and later unintentionally killed by his lover through the tragic plot of her brother. The gods memorialized him among the stars – his belt the most prominent feature. The heart wants what it wants, but we cannot always plan for an outside intervention. Instead, we are left with the remnants of what if and the possibilities of ever after.

First-place winner at Book As Art: No Jacket Required exhibition, Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur, GA, 2015; Versions of Truth, Gallery 1740, 2018; and Book as Flight, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, 2019.

Held in private collection. Atlanta, GA.

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