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Ellen Jantzen

18" X 6" X 8"
Mixed Media

Biodegradable Vessel - Metamorphosis Ellen Jantzen's vessel, Metamorphosis, was made to contain a portion of an individual’s ashes and can be considered biodegradable if the owner wishes. The body of the vessel (which would house the ashes) was created from paper maché. The “feathers” are digital photos of feathers attached with water soluble glue. All is coated with a UV inhibiting acrylic coating so the vessel, if kept dry, should last indefinitely. If the owner wishes it to bio degrade the vessel only need to be buried in moist soil. Ellen estimates that the paper maché body (housing the ashes) would break down within 3-4 months if buried in moist soil.