Site-specific bathroom installation/temporary lifestyle shift
Thistle seed carriers and dirt gathered from hills near site, fishing line.
Thousands of delicate thistle seed carriers were gathered and meticulously strung onto fishing line and installed in the bathroom over the course of three months. The body's pathway of movement in the space was altered with the placement of each garland. Routines were disrupted. As more and more of the space was filled with thistle garlands, freedom of movement was progressively limited. A tunnel was left open to access the bath tub and toilet until the last few days of the installation in which the bathroom became nonfunctional. My partner and I had to get creative with our morning routines and hygiene practices.
This project came at a time of dissatisfaction with the day to day. Struggling at a minimum wage job I didn't care for, feeling that my art practice was suffering for lack of time/energy/resources, and feeling really frustrated and disappointed by that. When I was a child, we would catch those seed carriers as they blew past so that we could hold them in our hands, make a wish, and release them. We would watch with anticipation, hoping the seed carrier (we called them "wishers") would rise out of site - because the rule was that if it hit the ground, your wish wouldn't come true. Threading the "wishers" on fishing line and installing in this fashion guaranteed perpetual suspension, while simultaneously disabling the potential for what they're built for - being carried by the wind. This project helped me to explore and embody the limitations of my daily routine as defined by my work (capitalism) and my marriage (patriarchy) and what it means to wish that I could be an "artist".
notes to think/write more on: privatization of time, capitalist influence, Inevitably, the fast pace of consumerism is accompanied by the tantalizing promise of slow time, "At times in tension, at times in collusion with capitalist scarcity, the scarcity of experience encourages forms of art that are not as easily distributed, If we are frantic, it is only because we need to be so in order to keep up. Slowness does not only characterize a mode of consumption, but also a mode of behavior. To that end, we now find numerous forms of contemporary art that gain resonance by tweaking behavioral codes with regard to the body and temporality"