Contraband

Mixed Media, Dimensions Variable, 2004

The Contraband series is a collection of sculptures made out of items whose possession, sale, use, and/or transportation across state or international borders is illegal. Each object is encased in a plastic bottle with a label identifying the contents. The bottles are then sealed with red shrink wrap. The series includes the following items:

  • Methamphetamine Precursors (ephedrine and red phosphorus)
  • 1 Marijuana Cigarette
  • Human Remains
  • Lock Picking Tools
  • 1 Crocodile Skin Watchband
  • Hallucinogenic Mushroom Spores
  • 6 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells
  • Telephone Wiretap Equipment
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • 5 Cuban Cigars
  • 2 oz. Homemade Liquor
  • 1 Switchblade Knife
  • 1 Police Badge
  • Cheetah Fur
  • Counterfeit Merchandise (Louis Vuitton scarf)
  • Elephant Ivory
  • Class “C” Fireworks
  • Child Pornography
  • $100 Counterfeit Currency
  • Telephone “Red Box”
  • Stolen Property (Mercedes Benz hood ornament)
  • 1 CD Containing Pirated Audio Recordings
  • 1 Electric Stun Gun
  • 1 Pair Brass Knuckles