Terricon – A Desert Mask     1996

The morning sun warms the blood.

Creature of extremes, bedded under-ground, unearthed by the heat of the sun, tuned to its trip across the sky by the portal between his eyes, the Regal Horned Lizard shifts back and forth between freezing and scorching, blue-black shadow and pink light.

At dusk he basks Sphinx-like enthroned upon a rock soaking up the last warmth of day as a chill wind comes up and the
Joshua Trees applaud.  Then blanketed in sand again he waits for the sun to return.

 

26”H x 12”W x 10”D

Materials: Ammonites, orthoceras, and trilobite fossils.  Brows are punctuated with coyote claws.* Halo is of python ribs.*                    Surface embellishments include the skin of a milk snake,* molted skins of lizard and rattlesnake, various stones (onyx, rose quartz, snowflake obsidian, jasper, and crazy lace agate), glass beads, cotton braid.  Interior of mask – rayon brocade.

(*From The Bone Room, Berkeley, CA – certified natural death.)

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