CECI N'EST PAS N'EST PAS, 1991
Tobacco pipe, wood; wall mounted; 8 x 8 x 3 inches.
LA PIPE RECAMIER, 1992
Tobacco pipe, wood; wall mounted; 4 x 7 x 3 inches.
SAUF QUE PIPE, 1992
Tobacco pipe, wood, silk tissue, acrylic medium; wall mounted; 3 x 7 x 3 inches.
Altered tobacco pipes; wall mounted; 5 x 8 x 3 inches.
Corncob pipes; wall mounted; 8 x 8 x 2 inches.
LA PIPE POUPÉE, 1993
Clay tobacco pipes, wire; wall mounted; 14 x 6 x 2 inches.
LA TRAHISON, 1991
Altered tobacco pipes; wall mounted; 14 x 6 x 2 inches.
LA PIPE-ORGÂNE, 1992
Altered tobacco pipe; wall mounted; 5 x 7 x 2 inches.
BOIS DES PIPES, 1993
Cherry wood tobacco pipe, tobacco pipe stems, cherry wood branches; wall mounted; 10 x 22 x 14 inches.
PIPE TROPHIQUE, 1992
Tobacco-pipe-shaped humidor on stand, faux fur, tobacco pipe stem; wall mounted; 18 x 12 x 14 inches.
Ceci n'est pas: Wall Sculpture: Tobacco Pipes: 1991-1995
This series began as an homage to Magritte's La Trahison des images (The Treachery of images.) I was influenced by readings on the Surrealist movement, and by Le Corbusier's estimation of the tobacco pipe as an epitome of functional form. The titles of the twenty or so small, wall-mounted objects were in ungoverned French, a language in which I was once fluent enough to dream, but in which I am now barely conversant. Tobacco pipes and my forgotten French were antagonists in my studio, where I was concerned with the interdependence of image and language; with non-sense; and contradicting Le Corbusier.
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