Root Message. 2015. Each root roughly 2-3" x 1". Mixed Media: Taro roots, muslin, ink.
Root Message is an artist book contemplating mortality and the longevity of legacy after death. It is composed of dried out Taro corms (a root vegetable similar to a sweet potato), that are carved out, and filled with individual strips of cloth. Each taro corm husk acts as a container for the messages of long gone poets and writers, the excerpts of their words on death providing further catalyst for thought.
Excerpts from poems by:
Dylan Thomas, (1914-53) "Do not go gentle into that Good Night"
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, (1772-1834) "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
A. E. Housman, (1859- 1936) "To an Athlete Dying Young"
Charles Wesley, (1707-88) A shape note hymn "Idumea"