Alice Marie Perreault
Check Residuals is an installation and video I made in 2019 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.
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 first population dying from Covid-19, were those most physically vulnerable. Outbreaks in long-term care facilities revealed a deeper problem about the quality of healthcare and living centers that were faced with the task of separating loved ones for everyone's safety. Despite human isolation that became especially evident, biology still unites us. And inevitably, we will each need to be cared for at one time or another. I want to feel confident that care-taking exchanges 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.