Sisters: Five Smooth Stones

Sisters: Five Smooth Stones, 1993 / In collaboration with Louise McCagg / Edition of 5 / Cast pulp, Dobbin Mill papers, magnets, silver leaf, archival inkjet printing

Size: 22” x 22” x 8” (star-shaped)

This book, which is a five-part box structure, consists of two sets of cast paper heads and five texts, each different translations of Samuel 1.17.40. when David meets Goliath and casts forth his river stones to kill the giant. 

The heads were life cast from five actual sisters, then shrunk, and pulp cast.

The book requires the viewer to assemble the relation of the heads and texts and in doing so, explore the constellar relationship between siblings. The large magnetized heads can be placed on the silver-leafed surface and held in place by a small magnet inside the box.  The smaller heads are also magnetized and can be arranged as desired. 

The book can also be manipulated to form several structures, that support the idea of interpersonal relationships: It can be closed in a star shape with the larger heads of the sisters facing each other; it can be laid out in a row with the sisters' heads facing out to the viewer; finally, or turned outward with the sisters' heads facing away from each other.