One Step Removed is an Installation of meticulously painted, and constructed objects. The anchor for the show is a sculpture that gives the Installation its name. This sculpture is made 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.
Of course, doors can be metaphorical and literal projections about privacy, protection, boundaries, and caps for passages or portals. This would be applicable here. But consider, these doors as markers for human figures- one seemingly weaker upholds the stronger figure, which in turn, keeps the lightweight door from falling. It is a matter of dependency.
No one and no thing/nothing (from human hunger to cosmic relations) is independent. In truth, dependency is the underlying design of everything.
As for the bandanas in this installation, I have wanted to work with them for several years. And I wanted to remove them from their popular utilitarian function, but I did not want to lose their identifying characteristics.
While these common manufactured cloths are iconic for American Western Culture, international fashion and corporate industry, in my life, they are an intimate part of caretaking since they are used as dressings that protect my son’s tracheostomy. And should my son, who is quadriplegic, cough, these bandanas provide a filter that protects others. Best of all, though, these designs provide an opening for communication because they are so relatable.
So, I took this bandana-filter and, like the doors, I removed it from its purpose, and simply 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.