IT'S TIME TO ADDRESS'ER DRAWERS
We live, we experience life the best way we can. Often, we are left to deal with the broken hearts and misshapen beginnings that make up our past. It's Time To Address'er Drawers is an emotional and poignant set of unopened letters that are filled with words that speak of a failing relationship.
This installation is multi-sensory, and a large portion of the exhibition encourages an active participation by the audience. An aged chest of drawers, lamp, and a tumbled recliner would be the first thing the audience sees. Next, they hear the repetitive recording of a woman reading a letter from the past...using all too familiar, sharp and painfully honest words that cut straight to the heart. Physically, these words are bent carefully out of wire, and can be found sparkling inside colorfully lit drawers, waiting to be handled with utmost care, and placed in new stories.
It's time to Adress'er drawers
This video was done shot in a VSA gallery, for people who have dealt with disabilities, or difficult life experiences. I had for years dealt with bipolar disorder, and the topic of the show was about spousal abuse.
It's Time to Address'er Drawers, close up view
Inside each of drawers of the rusted chest is filled with the words from a letter, the words are harsh, but important. They glisten in order to be seen and to not be ignored. The letter can be heard being read by a woman through gallery speakers, so people can read, hold, and hear the letter.
It's Time to Address'er Drawers, Installation view
The wall is covered with images pertinent to the letter, and notebook paper-like lines where the audience is encouraged to pin the words, and redeem their original meaning.
London, Installation view
When the installation was done in London, the space was small, and had many architectural features to deal with that made it more unique.
London, audience participation
The London audience was completely different than previous installations. They were very interested in the interactive aspect, but were almost oblivious to the story and sound effects.
The walls were filled with words by the end of the show. In order for the show to get to London, it had to be crated securely, and was to go by sea. The boat got stuck in the dock in North Carolina, so through miraculous connections, a mission organization African Mercy Missions, was able to airlift it, and take it directly to London in one day. After a few days in customs, it was at the location, ready to be installed. Coming home was quite difficult, and took over 2 months for a return.