The human bones of this artwork do not constitute an individual nor are they gendered. They are a collective body, a set of high quality osteological specimens – one of each but for a missing coccyx. The specimens are examples that approximate the age stage of the youth who cradle them. This demographic is most highly represented in the global statistical record of victims of state violence. I completed the uneasy acquisition from a Canadian supplier of medical specimens following 30 months layaway. August 2014 a cardboard box was delivered to my Toronto studio by way of Canada Post. Over 6 months I studied the unopened carton. I traveled twice abroad to research the origin stories of human bones inventory in Canadian medical markets. My first artwork featuring this skeletal set is homer sacer 2015.

© nichola feldman-kiss 2021