“Joseph Merrick died in 1890, but he was better known as The Elephant Man because he had a rare condition that gradually disfigured his bones and skin. His head eventually became so heavy that he had to sleep sitting up, but when his body was found he was lying on a bed and the official cause of death was asphyxia from the weight of his head. Joseph Merrick never got to sleep in a bed with another person his entire adult life, so I made this body pillow to mimic the experience of cuddling him since that’s something he never got to do.”
Thanks to Matt Corey, Loren Edrich, and Jess Marvin for helping me out with this project.
The background music is “Cryin’” by The Les Paul Trio, free download here. More »
Fountain Jumper, Knitted text on found sweater, 2013
I couldn’t make it to the opening in Ireland last week, so I sent this sweater for Jim Ricks to wear in my absence (the text is partially a reference to an exhibition Jim had a few years ago called “Jim Ricks Woz ‘Ere”)
My exhibition in Ireland opened last weekend and I tweeted a picture of my knitted tapestry of The Rubberbandits’ tweet (wearing the balaclavas that I knitted for them) to them, which they graciously retweeted.
I’m super pleased to be exhibiting in Ireland with my friend Jim Ricks in an exhibition featuring The Simpsons, The Rubberbandits, various bootlegs of our own works, and pizza at The Courthouse Gallery in charming, windswept Co. Clare (more soon!).
Sometimes people ask me if I’d be willing to sell things, which is nice because sometimes I make things that I am happy to sell, but now we can skip all the pleasantries because I’ll be posting things for sale right here from now on. More »
I woke up this morning to a flurry of tweets and facebook tags from Ireland where The Rubberbandits posted this image of themselves wearing the balaclavas that I made for them. I shipped the balaclavas well over 2 months ago, but they were presumed to be lost in the post, so I’m delighted that these finally made it to the boys. More »