I'm not trying to change the identity of these medical objects by turning them into art. First of all, I already see them as art. What I want, is for you to identify with them, even if you have never had to experience them intimately, the way I do.
I want you to see them for what they are. But, I want you to see them in another light... for what they are....a light that is less alienating, less frightening and more embracing. After-all, therapeutic science, medicine and technology, in good hands, has the power to heal. That's pretty amazing. And in many ways, art can have a parallel effect.
Ultimately, the years of ritual and accumulation to make Check Residuals, followed with months of work; Then many hours to install. And the piece was documented in a video that is less than five minutes in duration. I hope it is a moving five minutes.
Whether or not a piece of work is successful is not something, I think, an artist can know during the process of creating that thing. It may take a long time to know that answer. I had a lot of dialogue with people who passed through the installation. More responses were emotional than I ever expected. But it wasn't until someone said 'they' wanted to meet my son that I felt a a significant level of success.
A video of Check Residuals can be seen on my website: AliceMariePerreault.com and on Youtube.