The Back of Her Head Opens Into a Spout
The Back of Her Head Opens Into a spout
6 x 9 inch, 150 pages, perfect binding
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
Doir, Poison perfume advertisement, 1985
Voodoo bottle with scissors
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
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
Cloud in a bottle