Main wall in waiting room

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    Photo: William Arnett, 1997
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The old house Gilchrist grew up in is now his “office.” The first room of the two-sectioned house has become an elaborately decorated waiting room. One wall displays an assembly of carefully placed objects, each with symbolic or metaphysical significance practice.

The old house Gilchrist grew up in is now his “office.” The first room of the two-sectioned house has become an elaborately decorated waiting room. One wall displays an assembly of carefully placed objects, each with symbolic or metaphysical significance  practice. Among them are a hornets' nest, several well-preserved feathered wings from birds of prey, wood carvings from the Caribbean and the Far East, animal bones, aluminum foil, some flea-market pieces of household decor (e.g., a wall-hanging of a bullfighter and sculptures of a horse and a Native American), cloth scraps, a cow skull, and calendars.

Gilchrist explicates his wall grouping: "The stuff represents different things. It represents trouble, trouble you get into. It helps you get shed of the trouble. The things there, they work with something you carry, something like the feets of birds, or ducks, or rabbits, or coons, or chickens, and they got to be wrapped up in the foil."