These sculptures of diamonds present a gemstone overwhelming in its size. By choosing to recreate the form of a diamond at a large scale, the work reveals the charade in marketing schemes, positioning them as advertisement and outsized fantasy in the modern era of divorce. The sculptures offer an unwieldy version of the original like a prop. The material is perishable unlike the strength of an everlasting diamond.
Diamonds Aren’t Forever I, 2015. Constructed maple wood sheeting. 45 x 23 x 23 inches.
Diamonds Aren’t Forever II, 2015. Constructed maple wood sheeting. 22 x 24 x 27 inches.
In Blue Diamond, each facet of the diamond is painted a different shade of blue in a three-dimensional rendition of the storefront graphics found outside jewelry stores and in engagement ring advertisements. The coloring of the sides merges with shadows on the work, tricking the eye to misunderstand the sculpture’s shape and angles. The blues also harken to the painted blue skies of the Venetian hotel and casino in Las Vegas, with its halcyon promise of infinity: infinite time to play, infinite wealth to make.
Blue Diamond, 2021. Plywood, latex paint. 22 x 24 x 27 inches.
Rendered in terrazzo, the flattened forms of the three diamonds in green, blue, and pink repeat the promise of making it big in Vegas. Borrowed from the slot machine, they are repeated endlessly in emojis, and replicating the shiny textures of a department store's cosmetics display. The coy simulacra proposes the ubiquitous lotteries, luck, and rigged outcomes of everyday life in consumer culture.