Carapace: TOGS, 2012
lacquer, wood, zipties, 72" x 16"
My work addresses the problem of building with paintings. With modular construction as the central quotation, I use panels and pigment as “prefab” systems that create new spatial relationships within existing architectures. Bent, Carapace, and Rest are a series of modular paintings derived from the concept of quick-assembly housing and furniture. They provide a flexible system that allows a single body of paintings to take on a variety of formations.
By using media that are more typical of industrial applications the work suggests my own self-identification as a middle class woman who happens to deal in the world of ideas. Some of these ideas are:
1. Repetitive work like drilling, pouring, sanding, and measuring is the labor of industry and art-making is an industrious job.
2. It is possible that repetitive honing by hand may imbue a work with more humanity than a large painterly gesture.
3. You can build something big from small parts (or cover large distances by taking small steps).
4. Color is delightful and beautiful.
5. Connecting walls with zip ties and hobby brackets is not stable… but not unstable either, because in a gallery the work has its own force field.
6. I am committed to the idea of mutual generosity between the artist and viewer.