unconventional talisman creator
We've been thinking a lot about Dennis's work, as he is rather tight-lipped about its meaning. His creative practice is very unusual- no table or easel for Dennis. He takes time to regard and remake matter to his liking. Dennis enjoys drawing but is more involved with creating containers for objects he often purchases at the Dollar Store.
For now, perhaps this snip from the Encyclopedia Britannica may help guide our musings:
"Amulet, also called Talisman, an object, either natural or man-made, believed to be endowed with special powers to protect or bring good fortune. Amulets are carried on the person or kept in the place that is the desired sphere of influence--e.g., on a roof or in a field. The terms amulet and talisman are often used interchangeably, but a talisman is sometimes defined as an engraved amulet.
Natural amulets are of many kinds: precious stones, metals, teeth and claws of animals, bones, plants, and so on. Man-made amulets, equally varied, include religious medallions and small figurines. Among believers amulets are thought to derive power from their connection with natural forces, from religious associations, or from being made in a ritual manner at a favourable time."
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Western Oregon University, Cannon Gallery
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Southern Oregon University, Schneider Museum of Art
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Oregon State University
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