“Defixione Sound Box: Sticks and Stones” by Sienna Reid

Etched wood, wax, pigment, gesso, electronic sound installation
15.5 x 15.5 inches
Price: $1,000.00

From a small town in the Pacific Northwest, Sienna Reid is a multimedia artist working in painting, drawing, video, photography, ceramics, sound installation and experimental processes. Reid lived in Italy from 1999 until 2014 when she transferred to NYC, and currently works in her studio in Bushwick. Since 2007 she has been working on a large multimedia project, Sticks and Stones, which examines how words and images were used in the Amanda Knox trial in Italy to assassinate her character by the police, prosecution, lawyers, media and ultimately the anonymous online masses. Her work incorporates current and historic research on scapegoating, shaming, abuse of power, feminist and identity issues, wrongful conviction, and the use of words to harm the individual. Her film, Sticks and Stones trilogy recently won the Silver Wings Human Rights award from the Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival, as well as the Recognition Award for Women Filmmakers from the La Jolla IndieFest Awards Festival.

“Defixione Sound Box: Sticks and Stones will Break my Bones but Words Will Never Hurt Me” is a multimedia installation piece using emitted sound to represent the power of the written word and its ability to curse an individual. The sound of the curse etched into the tablet is remixed by electronic artist Marcel Jaques (Complex Systems, Satchmo Screws) with the Sticks and Stones mantra and amplified within the wood curse tablet.