The Back of Her Head Opens Into a Spout

 

The Back of Her Head Opens Into a spout

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6 x 9 inch, 150 pages, perfect binding
2018

The Back of Her Head Opens Into a Spout uses the bottle as a starting point for a shared inquiry. It is an exercise in ekphrasis and collecting; a test, with images and text, of the vessel as an expanding metaphor. It is a study in perspective, conditioning, and mutation.

 

 

The vessel is a prime object, an irreducible form—it can be elaborated in many ways, but it must always be hollow. 

It is a bracket marking human metabolism inside a long history of other selves; artifacts cluster like pins on a map. 

It is a metaphor of place—from Aristotle’s wine bottle, “the innermost motionless boundary” of the wine, to the maternal body, the lively innermost boundary of the fetus. 

The inside of the bottle is a point of view, a contained place from which to look outward.

 
 

In this case, a bundle of red string is added to the bottle so as to literally trap the spirit (or place a curse) by forcing them to trail along the string.

A cat leans tensely forward, black eyes outlined in copper—watching. The attentive posture, the way the front feet are delicately braced, is so familiar, so catlike, it seems entirely solid and real, but the smooth yellow body is glowing and translucent. The mouth of the jar is at the back of the cat’s head, there is no lip to interrupt the curving alabaster.

 

Woman in a bottle.

A vessel where air and fuel combine for a fraction of a second. There’s no slow pooling or sluggish fermentation, but fast air and then combustion.

 

In a red clay bottle in the shape of an onion is another onion-shaped bottle, inside of which is another, and so on until at the very center of all the onion-shaped bottles is a little red onion, rotting and spouting green.

 
 

There’s the drawn out round sound of the metal screw top scrabbling and then catching with a scrape on the glass threads.

The advice is to aerate before pouring, but the surface exposed to air is so small that it’s actually unlikely to make a difference. Also not all substances can handle aliveness. (It needs to have a heavy body.)

 

The long golden glass goes green where it accumulates around the foot.

Odor sprays tend to include essential oils, aroma compounds, fixatives, solvents, etc. It is a fact that sensitive people can get physically and mentally sick from the exposure to synthetic fragrances. Often unbeknownst to them, this kind of contamination occurs through subtle or involuntary exposure at the home or workplace.

This room spray is made of transparent glass partially filled with pink liquid.

 

Every detail of the double sacrifice in cinnabar: the winged serpent and the woman who catches the blood as it spurts from the throat of the captive, the running messenger, the dog with the pendulous balls, the goblets, the hovering clusters of weaponry, and the forty two faces in profile. Who is that, with a tail like a snake and a jaguar face on backward?

To take the lid off a choking neck.

 

Index of bottle images on the website, in order:

Witch bottle and contents

Grenade shaped perfume bottle

Italian Anatomical votive, 1st to 4th Century BC Hughes, Jessica, Under the Skin: Anatomical Votives in Republican Italy, Fourth–First Centuries, pp 62-105, Votive Body Parts in Greek and Roman Religion, Cambridge University press 2017

Aerosol spray bottle

Roll top perfume bottle

Roman opaque white glass alabastron bottle, circa 1st century AD

Egg: Ovoid-shaped spirit decanter designed by Sebastian Bergne

Moche portrait vessel, 100 BC-500 AD, Peru

Glass bottle, Iran, 10th century

Voodoo bottle

Doir, Poison perfume advertisement, 1985

Voodoo bottle with scissors

Botox syringe

Hot sauce bottle, often mistaken for massage oil

Canopic jar with falcon head, Egypt, circa 1070–343 BC,

Plastic duck neck toilet cleaner

Breast pump bottles with very little breast milk

Bronze wine goblet, China, Shang dynasty, Anyang period, 12th century BC

Tiny blue medicinal glass bottle

Moche vessel, Peru

Rotifer, courtesy Micropolitan

Ceramic breast-shaped jug (source unknown)

Amber flower remedy bottle with dropper

Qingbai porcelain with pale blue glaze wine ewer and basin, Jiangxi Province, Jingdezhen, Northern Song dynasty, 11th century

Red blood cells exiting a capillary. Iterestingasfuck on reddit, therefore likely bullshit

Yves Saint Laurent, Opium perfume advert, 1976

Early Medieval lead vessel, squashed

Guy Laroche, J’ai Osé, perfume advert, 1980s

Victorian spirit photography depicting ectoplasm

Spouted jar, Late Uruk, Mesopotamia, ca. 3400–3200 BC

Ceramic bottle, Lucie Rie

Enhydro crystal

Red rubber enema bulb

Whiskey ice Ball container

Hunping funerary jar glazed stoneware, Yue ware, China, Zhejiang province, Western Jin period

Kombucha with mother culture

Kero, Inca, Peru

Antique orange glass dragon bottle

Cupping vessels

Cloud in a bottle