Friday, January 14, 2011


Invited to invent a place setting for Judy Orlando's upcoming show at the Archetype Gallery in Atlanta, I chose to invite Ares, known, among other things, as the Greek god and archetypal force of war, destruction, “manliness”, and courage”.

Its been over thirty years since Judy Chicago’s installation first hit the scene and although there remains much work to do (women’s rights has been declared THE ISSUE of the new millennium), it’s time to include Ares at the supper table with an invitation to participate in the process of co-creating a new paradigm of persona, one with a wider range and complexity of attribute. Aggression transformed and re-directed creatively towards the greater good, results in  psychological and spiritual integration and wholeness. It is a model of abundance that promotes cooperation and inclusion rather than fear and scarcity.

Its time for Ares summon tribal leaders to BYOF (Bring your Own <white> Flag), create a more inclusionary model, embrace the Divine Feminine, and harness destructive impulses.

The placemat is a two-dimensional digital composite, the plate and spatula a three dimensional mixed media construction designed to suggest relics that need to be ingested, digested, and transformed.

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