Lit Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee, April 12-27, 2018.
Site-specific installation. 10’8” deep x 12’ wide x 12’ tall (triangular base) diorama.
Fairytales served as a balm to Frieda Carter’s homesickness for her native Germany. Her brainchild, a collection of dioramas depicting Grimm’s classics, opened in 1955. The sculptural masterpiece, Fairyland Caverns, can still be found at Rock City in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Looking to commemorate a local fairytale harkening to her own complicated feelings regarding an upbringing in the Tennessee Valley the artist chose to illustrate the story of the milksnake. The wive’s tale features a serpent who would steal milk right from a cow’s teat. Pounding Branch is a site-specific installation illustrating the moment a farmer would string the milksnake from porch rafters in an effort to reclaim the prized lactation.