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From the dictionary – DOMICILE: A customary or permanent dwelling place. In law, one’s legal residence.
Much of my work is about condition and its significance. A major focus is the relationship between condition and value, and, ultimately, between condition and survival.
In counterpoint to the installation’s name I have combined ethereal organic materials like raspberry canes and magnolia leaf fragments with 100-year-old window sashes to create a body of work presented in installation form.
Sixteen sashes in two sizes loosely configure the layout of rooms in a fragile glass house. A quasi-roof exists in places. Both human and creature elements are evident in the dwelling’s only furnishings:
· Remains or beginnings of nests – fabric scraps, unraveled threads, brittle old wallpaper, dried leaves. Small black and white drawings and muted pastels litter the partly formed nests.
· Chair parts – stripped of upholstery and padding, bare wooden frames and springs are “reupholstered” with small drawings, paper, dried gilded leaves and hawthorn branches.
Rooted in ambiguity, the structure integrates elements of domicile and nest….human and animal... interwoven, one and the other. A step out of tune and time. Enduring, nonetheless?