knucklebones (game pieces for divination) - installation view
epoxy resin, artist's blood, red velvet
Knucklebones (game pieces for divination) explores games and game pieces – objects you toss, roll, and can carry in your pocket. They are playful but can also contain power and meaning.
The sculptural form of cast human finger bones is inspired by an ancient game played with the ankle bones of sheep. Imagery and materials of the occult are also present here – the bones, the pentagon of red velvet, ideas of divination and fortune telling.
Including an element of the artist’s body – the blood – is significant. The small crimson flakes suspended in the clear resin speak of mementos and religious relics, as well as expressing ideas of artistic production and sacrifice.
The Knucklebones can be traded for. You are invited to trade me something you made with your own hands, something you formed and created with your labor, or you can trade a memento of a grandparent – something that speaks to your past and your bloodline.
The bones do not contain the answers, but the patterns found in the bones might guide you toward the right questions.