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Jeremiah Johnson’s ‘House of Worship’ Repurposes the Prescription Pill Bottles He’s Collected Since Getting Sick
First known for his houses constructed from credit card applications, Jeremiah Johnson found a new use for all of the empty pill bottles he’s collected since he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001. Johnson’s latest work, ‘House of Worship’, is a model of a regional church constructed from his personal collection of empty prescription pill bottles. This project represents the trust people put into modern medicine. “I saved the empty bottles because at the time, I knew they could be repurposed for something that could speak about my condition,” he says. “[It’s] Something miserable into something of beauty.”
Johnson was raised on a fruit and flower farm in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University and eventually went on to get his MFA in print, paper and book arts from Syracuse University. He currently teaches printmaking at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA
House of Worship will be on view at SCOPE New York City during The Armory Fair Week March 6 through 9 with Arcilesi Homberg Fine Arts.
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