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Fossilized Shark Tooth

Statement: A few years ago I was on vacation in Florida and as I was searching through broken seashells this sweet old man came up to me and asked if I had found any shark teeth. About a half an hour later when I went for a walk these two young girls came up to me and asked if I had found any shark teeth. I told my mom how odd it was that these strangers kept approaching me with the same question and she suggested that we should look for one. When it comes to searching for/collecting things I believe that objects will find their way to you- whether it be fate or serendipity or both- so I purposefully didn’t search for one. Later that day I was sitting by the water and I picked up a handful of sand and after I let all of the sand fall through the cracks between my fingers there was a fossilized shark tooth in the middle of my palm. I just love those kinds of synchronicities and thought it’d be nice to pay tribute to that little shark tooth by scaling up its size to reiterate its significance to me. The whole process of making the mould, carving the plaster, painting/spray painting was really enjoyable. I lost track of time working on this- I just know that I got through an entire season of RuPaul’s Drag race while making the holes alone.

Dimensions: 7 x 13 in

Media: plaster, spray paint, acrylic paint, gesso, matte finish

Date: March 2019