i may be young, but youre ready
Silk velvet that has been burned out by the artist, pencil shaped water squirter filled with oozing lotion, rubber brick, toenail shells from Sag Harbor, conveyor belt, dollmakers’ clay, sneaker rubber, EVA foam, paracord, one-hitter weed pipe, shine thru, wall, porcelain cup, beads.
This piece confronted viewers upon entering my solo exhibition Tenderheaded. It references and remixes an R&B song which I see as predatory to young girls, “You may be young but you’re ready,” flipping it to “I may be young, but you’re ready.” The words are burned out using the devour process and the multicolored velvet pieces are held in place by hair curlers, phallic toys, and bungee cords. A conveyor belt that looks like a spine snakes around the foot of this material-rich piece. The Shine Thru is visible on the wall, which was built for the installation. A porcelain cup filled with pony beads foreshadows the Fountain of Your Youth, which the visitor encounters later in the gallery.