Clotheslines is an experience, not just a piece to be viewed. Time and space are integral to the work, which allows the work to become an extension of real life, a chance to connect with memories and feelings and expressions that the steady sound of a sprinkler can resurrect, or the bright sounds a happy bird can bring to mind. It is a chance for the audience to feel as if they have been a part of something special, something bigger—not necessarily to feel as if it is new or different, but to feel as if they are home.
The show consists of a days worth of laundry from our house when our children were young. The show is bittersweet, in that due to a heavy work schedule, I was missing my children growing up...so many of the clothes I drew were ones that no longer fit the kids. It includes everything from underwear, socks, shirts, sweatpants, jeans, a nightgown and a bra.
Clothesline, installation View
Lighting, as well as sound effects play an important role in the installation. In this installation, the sound effects were the constant "Chika-Chicka" sound of a backyard sprinkler, the roar of a lawnmower that moves closer and farther away from the viewer, birds chirping, kids playing, and the constant hum from Cicada's.
Clotheslines, outdoor view.
In the sunlight, the rust glows on the lace-like lines.
Clothesline, Installation View
The wire bra draws a lot of attention.
Clotheslines, Installation view
Depending on the time of year the show is exhibited, when it is available, I cover the gallery floor with sod, or leaves. The sod starts out green, and slowly browns (or rusts) as the show comes to an end. It brings a rich smell, and humidity to be experienced by the viewer.