Tabernacle of the Invisible Girl
16 in. h. x 9.5 in. w. x 6.5 in. d.
I made this tabernacle in the form of a moonshine jug, with the traditional white and brown glaze- (there is a handle in the back.) Written in cursive on the front is "Drink me." The cork for the jug becomes the head for the surrounding figure. This outer shell is what the"invisible girl" shows to the world. This public figure's arms are outstretched, her very body a vessel to be imbibed. She invites us to drink her in.
Traditionally, there is a door to an inner sanctum in the middle of a tabernacle. Here, in this moonshine jug/tabernacle, where the inner sanctum would be is an alcove where "the invisible girl" is kept. With her fair hair, white apron and pale blue skirt and headband, she somewhat resembles the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland; but she is disheveled, missing a shoe, and her clothes are stained. She is perhaps more like what a real life Alice might look like after falling through a hole, and trying to perform an impossible task. I thought a lot about how we present different versions of ourselves to the outside world based upon society's expectations. What are we willing to give, or who are we willing to put away to fulfill those expectations?