Alice Marie Perreault
Check Residuals is an installation and video I made last year that utilizes 60cc syringes from the tube feedings I give to my son who is fully dependent. The meticulous care that goes into my artwork grows from the care I give to my son and also my young daughter (who is non-disabled.) Both can be seen briefly in this video. I want to bring attention to those who are vulnerable so they are not over-looked. This content matters because all human bodies break down.
With coronavirus on our doorsteps, it is more difficult to ignore our mortality. Even those healthiest and wealthiest among us are not independent from structures, natural and human made, that keep us alive.
The most consistent population dying from Covid-19, are those who are the most vulnerable among us. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities, that house many from this group, have revealed a deeper problem about caretaking quality. And despite our separations that are especially evident now and regulated within this hot political, social and physical landscape of CV and BLM, biology still unites us. Inevitably, we will each need to be cared for at one time or another. I want to be confident that the caretaking exchange will always be gracious, loving and respectful for everyone.
Size is variable
Check Residuals involves dome mirrors, reflective fabric, translucent resin, ball-chain, high-gloss paint, red thread, glass, wire, beads, and salt crystals. With close observation there are differing details that shift the patterns and signifiers of the syringes and their relationship to the space and occupants. It is a meditative piece that moves with air-movement. Its parts are fragile, but its presence is substantial.