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Stuff from the Vault
Most people don't know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don't get too comfortable & fall asleep & miss your life.
Angels of Mercy Sculpture, circa 2012
In those days, we finally chose to walk like giants & hold the world in arms grown strong with love & there may be many things we forget in the days to come, but this will not be one of them.
I’ve always liked the time before dawn because there’s no one around to remind me who I’m supposed to be, so it’s easier to remember who I am.
Before Dawn Sculpture
I don’t think of it as working for world peace, he said. I think of it as just trying to get along in a really big strange family.
Big Strange Family Sculpture
She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short.
Bittersweet Sculpture, signed, body circa 1996
Everything changed the day I figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in my life.
Enough Time (no gender) Sculpture
for a long time, she flew only when she thought no one else was watching
Flying Woman Sculpture
I do much better as a goddess, she said, since my secretarial skills have always been limited
Goddess Sculpture, circa 2012
They drove south one winter until they could stand outside with no coats on & we never saw them again.
Heading South Sculpture
If you hold on to the handle, she said, it's easier to maintain the illusion of control. But it's more fun if you just let the wind carry you.
Illusion of Control Sculpture
In my dream, the angel shrugged & said, If we fail this time, it will be a failure of imagination & then she placed the world gently in the palm of my hand.
Imagining World Sculpture
You're the strangest person I ever met, she said & I said you too & we decided we'd know each other a long time.
Kindred Spirits Sculpture, body circa 2007
There are lives I can imagine without children but none of them have the same laughter & noise.
Laughter & Noise Sculpture
I sometimes wake in the early morning& listen to the soft breathingof my children & I think to myself,this is one thing I will never regret& I carry that quiet with me all day long.
No Regret Sculpture, signed, body circa 1996
I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that.
No Words Sculpture
I hope it will be said we taught them to stand tall & proud, even in the face of history & the future was made new & whole for us all, one child at a time.
One Child Sculpture
Someday, the light will shine like a sun through my skin & they will say, What have you done with your life? & though there are many moments I think I will remember, in the end, I will be proud to say, I was one of us.
One of Us Sculpture, circa 2006
Permanent To-Do List1. Drink Wine
Permanent To-Do List Sculpture
Permanent To-Do List: 1. Drink Wine
Permanent To-Do List Story Plaque
There has never been a day when I have not been proud of you, I said, though some days I'm louder about other stuff so it's easy to miss that.
Quiet Pride (No Gender) Sculpture, circa 2006
There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other’s cooking & say it was good.
Real Reason Sculpture
We sat side by side in the morning light & looked out at the future together.
Side by Side Sculpture
feels like some kind of ride but it's turning out just to be life going absolutely perfectly
Some Kind of Ride Sculpture, body circa 2007
because you remind me of everything there is in this world to love
The Reason Why (remix) Sculpture, body circa 1996
They came to sit & dangle their feet off the edge of the world & after awhile they forgot everything but the good & true things they would do someday.
True Things Sculpture, signed, circa 1997
I used to wait for a sign, she said, before I did anything. Then one night I had a dream & an angel in black tights came to me & said, you can start any time now, & then I asked is this a sign? & the angel started laughing & I woke up. Now, I think the whole world is filled with signs, but if there’s no laughter, I know they’re not for me.
Waiting for Signs Sculpture, signed, body circa 1999