Bone House

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
2000
Cow bones, carpet, cloth, window screen, fencing, wood, found metal, plastic twine, Splash Zone compound, enamel, and spray paint on canvas on wood
75 x 99 x 11 inches

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In Bone House, a square central panel, made of paint-soaked carpet stretched across a small canvas, is surrounded by a chaotic, woundlike space of red rags and white-painted cow rib bones.

In Bone House, a square central panel, made of paint-soaked carpet stretched across a small canvas, is surrounded by a chaotic, woundlike space of red rags and white-painted cow rib bones. A rooflike red triangle surmounts the white square to identify it as a house, where a female figure has been painted in off-white. Is the white square “bone house” a bandage? A tombstone? An emblem of Dial’s art? Like Dial’s other ontological works, Bone House pulses with overlapping questions about life, death, and art.