My work is deeply impacted by the ancient artifacts at the Oriental Institute, where I worked as a museum guard to support my studio practice. As the museum re-presented the artifacts in preparation for its centennial, I found myself guarding a collection of empty cases. The experience of guarding absence evoked an acute awareness of the artifacts’ presence far from their points of extraction. The armatures are painted the color of the object they were designed to hold -- that of the earth from which the objects were made. Devoid of the physical objects the armatures were designed to support, the installation employs an institutional alphabet to contemplate the absence of objects displaced from their places of origin. The collected armatures were made by the museum preparators at the Oriental Institute to display artifacts.
Time as a Tool
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