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Dennis Harper

Work: Fermata
Dimensions: 138” x 102” x 36”
Materials: Paper, foam board
Year: 2004

My recent sculptures are supposed prototypes of twenty-first century ritual objects intended for some hypothetical cultural rite. I have in mind the ancient Egyptian accommodations for the afterlife, extrapolated to address the needs of the contemporary American psyche.

I use paper and Fome-cor to fashion trompe l’oeil renditions of real and imagined utilities, tools, and furnishings, some of which possess unexpected functionality


University of Houston
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Kittelson