Front Window Installation – Apotropaia: Deliver us from Evil”
“Most cultures have symbols through which they express the need for protection. Certain objects have been designated as apotropaic (from the Greek for “to turn away”), having the power to ward off evil. They include, but are not limited to, bay leaves, various trees, copper, silver, coral, evil eyes, relics, mezuzahs, horseshoes, jack o’ lanterns, crucifixes, tattoos, wild roses, garlic, phalli, amulets, talismans, seals, mojo bags, bone rattles, petitions to Saint Michael the Archangel and other saints, the Star of David, tiger skins, holy water, mirrors, holy water, and fu dogs.
My own concrete representations of intention to protect ourselves are displayed here. I’ve worked with traditional symbols and created my own apotropaia which I describe as a cross between religious art and something you’d knock down at the county fair to win a prize. I’ve been working with these symbols for years, but I think most of us would agree that we need protection now more than ever. I’m happy to show them at Madrone Art Bar, which sports its very own “Evil B Gone” sign over the bar.”