Inspired by 19th century kitsch and the Victorian popular interest in marine life and aquariums, I created the body of work “Au bonheur des dames”(2002) resembling zoophytes. Rich textured forms, using semi-precious stones and small nodules of plastic, play on underwater rhythms of colour and texture. Resembling sea anemones and urchins, these labor-intensive pieces parody the shell encrusted alcoves and parlors decorated by the middle and upper class women of the era. The work examines notions of preciousness and fantasy as well as the boredom and repression of Victorian upper class women.


Unhappily, I have retained only a single professional photo of this series.