Doreen Garner

    Exhibition: THE SOCRATES ANNUAL, 2017

    Known but to God: The Dug Up, Dissected, and Disposed for the Sake of Medicine, 2017

    Glass, silicone, steel, epoxy putty, pearls, Swarovski crystals, and whiskey
    Dimensions vary: 12-15 x 8 x 8 inches each
    These hanging glass sculptures reference show globes, early 20th century symbolic markers for pharmacies and apothecaries, typically hung in the window and filled with colored liquid. Their opulent exteriors belie abject contents: silicone body fragments floating in whiskey, alluding to the appalling history of medical violence inflicted upon black bodies.
    Image: Doreen Garner, "Not only had Sims to close the natural openings in the ravaged vaginal tissues; he had to make the edges of these openings knit together. He opted to abrade or "scarify" the edges of the vaginal tears every time he attempted to repair an opening.He then closed them with sutures and saw them become infected and reopen, painfully, every time", Detail shot, Silicone, Hair Weave, Swarovski Crystals, Pearls, Polyester Fiber, Wire, Discarded Wedding Dress, 45x70x12 inches, 2016.
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