Self Protection, Wool, Branch, Cochineal Dye, 9'x2'x2'
Using the cocoon as the metaphorical Self, Carlynn illustrated a sense of home defense. Wool was needle felted onto a branch that had saved a neighbor's home from being struck by lightening. The spike-like protrusions establish armor for the delicate, underlying form. Cochineal dye, a substance created by South American beetles for self-defense, was used to establish the alarming red. This furthered both the concept and aesthetic appeal of the work.