We’ve all done it more times than we can count. It is one of those rare things not affected by geography, culture, or time. It is a uniquely human trait, a coping mechanism our brains have developed to work through intangible concepts. Problems we can’t quite solve, whether large or small invoke the simple gesture of a wish.
This body of work utilizes the subject matter of tangible objects associated with wishing. Wishbones are inherently loaded objects. The wish requires an action between two people, each hoping to come away with the larger piece. The power of the wishbone lies in the potential wish and the connection between those two people. The cupcake with a single candle pays tribute to the first wish we ever make, even if it is made for us. At that moment unbeknownst to us we are indoctrinated into the club of wish making. It never leaves us and the tradition passes on.
All of the pieces are printed at some point in their existence. The embossed paper was created with a 3-D printed plate. The bronze wishbones are from 3-D printed patterns and the cupcakes utilize 3-D printed candles. Even the laser cut wishbones are a version of a print. This non-traditional approach to printmaking creates a relationship between the pieces that is unique to the world of printmaking. The final print is only realized by creating a printed original, invoking a parent / child relationship within the work.
My hope with these pieces is that the imagery will recall memories of past and current hopes and wishes. The action generated, whether it be to take a wishbone and break it with someone or to take the wishbone and keep it as a reminder of wishes past and future, are all calculated potential responses. Each response will be unique to the individual but everyone can understand the simple idea of being able to print a wish.