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The Monks of Sainte-Marie-des-Bois, Michelle Remembers, Selling Sunset
The Monks of Sainte-Marie-des-Bois, Michelle Remembers, Selling Sunset
Wood, acrylic, leather, plexiglass, fabric, bleach
60” X 35” X 5”
2020

The Monks of Sainte-Marie-des-Bois, Michelle Remembers, Selling Sunset is one of the first pieces that I made that used references in this way. Michelle Remembers is considered by some to be the impetus of the satanic panic, a supposedly true account of a woman uncovering hidden memories through hypnosis of being ritualistically tortured by Satanists. The component referencing Michelle Remembers acts as a horizontal barrier in an arrangement resembling a gravestone cross.The top piece, The Monks of Sainte-Marie-des-Bois, is a reference to De Sade’s Justine in which the protagonist is held captive and systematically tortured by sadistic monks. The bottom piece references Selling Sunset, a flashy reality TV show where ambitious realtors compete to sell property under the tutelage of a pair of hairless tanned twin brothers. If i translated this arrangments into a film what forms in my mind is something colorful, tacky, over-the-top, mixed with 70’s film grain, a color palette from how I remember Agnes of God, candle-lit monasteries from Westerns, with whatever the mean, trashy, giddy tone of Freeway is.