I'm pretty excited about "Check Residuals," an art installation I have been developing for several weeks. I see so many pieces and parts as I work methodically, never clear about where the process will lead, despite the appearance of order that happens. I'm left a bit on edge as the days pass while I move further from my starting point. It isn't until the parts begin to arrange themselves through newly formed relationships that could not have happened without going through this process, that I can begin to feel satisfaction.
These syringes are residual objects, left from tube feedings. I coated them with color that has now become a residual on their surfaces. They are parts for an installation I am working on for Physical Presence (A Dialog With Residual and Surrounding Space) a group installation show curated by Rachel Lachowicz.
When Rachel provided the title for her show it triggered, for me, a routine task of residual checking. To check residuals in science is an analysis of what has been left before making a decision to move forward. The specific task to check residuals in caretaking means to pull back on the syringe to evaluate the quantity and color of fluids left within the internal space of the gut. To check residuals is a repetitive action done several times a day just as I have repeatedly dipped these syringes. My intention is to create an interactive surrounding space that transcends this residual checking task while transferring its possibilities to those who enter the installation.