Mythopoeia Sequence, Bond paper, sculpture, paper mache, spackle, kitty litter, gold leaf, candle wax, 3D printed Lamassu, and edible flowers. 2020

The side text on the altar is an excerpt taken from J. R. R. Tolkien's poem Mythopoeia, first published in 1964 in the author's book Tree and Leaf. Mythopoeia is a poem written in response to J. R. R. Tolkien's conversation with C. S. Lewis in which Lewis refers to myths as "lies breathed through silver." Lamassu is a celestial being from ancient Mesopotamian religion bearing a human head, bull's body, sometimes with the horns and the ears of a bull, and wings. One notable pair of Lamassus still stands today at the Gate of All Nations at Persepolis in Iran.