Staples, graphite, and wax on a book page
12.75″ x 9.75″
Sanctuary brings to mind ideas of place and community, identity and belonging, protection and safety – the American Dream. It reminds me that not everyone in our society has access to these things that I take for granted daily.
My fascination with staples began innocently enough when I used them to rescue a sewn piece. I had been dismantling and reassembling a volume set of “Metropolitan Seminars in Art” by John Canaday, and thread alone was not working. It was then that I realized the beauty of staples and found myself utterly seduced when I smeared them with graphite and wax. Let alone the satisfying, echoing kaCHUNK with every staple – the perfect material for dark times.