The stone can be used as a symbol for function, art, philosophy, humor, and nonsense. Whatever the position, the stone functions as a significant cultural indicator; its simple form personifying human activity and emotion. Melodie Mousset's On Stoning and Unstoning celebrates this semiotic shiftiness of the stone as object, flip-flopping the idea of stone as weapon to stone as protection.
Mousset's masks, Arcimboldo-esque disfigurations, transform everyday individuals into a heterogeneous identity marker. Grown from Mousset's video, which enacts a live reverse-stoning, these photos invert the stone's more belligerent tendencies. Here, amassed and affixed, they are both armor and unified identity. Whether dressing Katelyn, Clay, or Rebecca, the rocks portray an attempt to balance an unbalanced situation.