Lt. WELTRAUM, The Cosmic Ant. 2017
Weltraum is German for "outerspace." The word is made of two words, welt meaning "world," and raum meaning "room." Within the word is another word, traum, which means "dream." This lieutenant is a navigator of the dream-space fabric.
This past year, I launched TransformAtelier.com, the homepage for my online art presence, my art business, my hopeful atelier. “Transform” because I am enthusiastic about the way energy changes hands—as hydrogen molecules become helium in solar nuclear reactions, and donuts fuel my varied aventure sportif. Eating and digesting are implicated. Teeth and mouths too, but also eyes, as we consume not only material foods but images and, somehow, symbols. This leads to a curiosity about how in our performed social roles we make symbols of ourselves, consumable by our people.
The Cosmic Ant Mask and Amphisbaena Box reflect a triumph in my pursuit of this topic, and may be a doorway to new discovery. Twisting around the box to present its two heads, is the ant-eating serpent of Greek mythology. The mask, evocative of the famously social insect, fits inside (is eaten by!) the serpent-box. From the Tsimshian people of the Pacific Northwest comes a character named Mouth at Each End, a husband and wife pair who represent the digestive tract. The Amphisbaena, with a Mouth at Each End, is the passageway, the wormhole of transformation, through which passes this Cosmic Ant.