Cornelian Conversations is an ongoing project around the historical and modern traderoute of the Cornelian
glass bead in collaboration with artist Elizabeth James Perry.
Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage, is an exhibition
recognizing the 400th anniversary of the
Mayflower crossing and its significance to American and world history. Developed in partnership with Fuller Craft
Museum, Plymouth College of Art, and The Box (both in Plymouth, England), Another
Crossing brings together ten artists from the United States and
Europe for a global, cross-cultural effort that examines a pivotal event in
In 2018, guest curator Glenn Adamson selected
ten artists to participate in the project with the charge that only 17th century technology and
processes be used in the creation of the objects. To fuel and inspire the work
development, the artists and project partners participated in two research
trips—the first to Plymouth England in March 2019, followed by Plymouth,
Massachusetts in April 2019. These immersive experiences created a sense
of communion amongst the artists while providing important scholarly and
technical information to inform the development of the work.
These resulting artworks illustrate exceptional
technical skill, while also speaking to the social realities behind the
material culture, and the examination of the Mayflower crossing through a
contemporary lens. Through Another Crossing, the
artists responded to this complex part of our history and its impact on our
culture over the last four centuries. The project is currently exhibited in the
Fuller Craft Museum.
Cornelian Conversations is an ongoing research project around the traderoute
of the Cornelian Bead, we are currently working on a film.