Waitress Candle (jade)
Waitress Candle (jade)
Waitress Candle (jade)
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Waitress Candle (jade)

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CHELSEA ROMEO ALLEN
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Artist: Chelsea Romeo Allen

Waitress Candle (jade)

Paraffin, soy, and coconut wax, cotton wick and pigment

1" x 7" (approx.)

 

I had been cocktail waitressing at a comedy club in Manhattan for about 4 months when I noticed a hard, painful lump forming in the crook of my left wrist, my serving hand. The hand with which each night I hoisted trays of dirty martini’s, vodka-soda’s, Hennessy-Coke’s, for hours on end. The lump went away in April of 2020, a few weeks after COVID decimated the service industry. Restaurant labor is precarious and grinding. Oft romanticized, flattened, or dismissed, it is actually quite ugly, nuanced, and timeless. These pieces are a celebration of this work, of my co-workers - servers, barbacks, dishwashers, bussers, porters, bartenders, line cooks - of our hands, and the hours we spent together burning the candle at both ends. 


Chelsea Romeo Allen is a second year MFA candidate in the Sculpture department at Cranbrook Academy of Art.