One Step Removed is an Installation of meticulously painted, manipulated and constructed objects. The anchor for the show is a sculpture that gives the Installation its name. It is constructed from two doors: An exterior glass-paned door that I removed from my art studio and an interior, flat-faced door that I took from inside my house. The two doors intersect and this intersection provides the balance necessary for both to stand or “float” cantilevered in space so that the much lighter, hollow paneled door supports the, heavy, solid fir wood door. We could talk in detail about doors as metaphorical and literal protections over privacy, boundaries for our spaces and caps for passages or portals and that would be applicable. But consider, the doors as markers for human figures- one seemingly weaker upholds the stronger figure, which in turn, keeps the lightweight core door from falling.
Given two words to describe my work, the first would be dependency. My two interlocking doors/figures demonstrate this quite literally.
The second word would be design. While design dominates in my deliberate arrangements of elements be they conscious or intuitive, design is also the scaffold underlying all dependency.
I wanted to work with the bandanas for several years. Although, these common manufactured cloths are iconic for American Western Culture, international fashion and corporate industry, in my life, they are an intimate part of my daily ritual of caretaking. These bandanas have been used as part of the dressing that protects my son’s tracheostomy. They also provide a barrier, for those who come close enough to him and find themselves in the line of fire, should he cough into their faces. In this instance the bandana is a filter.
I took that filter and, like the doors, removed it from its purpose, and gave it the opportunity to have another.
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One Step Removed was shown at Flux Art Space in Long Beach, CA. This installation is available for travel and expansion.