Saturday, June 23, 2012

'Seeing' Things


Maple Cloth 

Cedar Cloth

Arbutus Cloth

Douglas-fir Cloth
An idea i explored with this work is seeing as a gendered issue and a cultural issue.
I placed small elements from each tree under its cloth to lure the male inside the structure, knowing he focuses on details from long distance. The female eye is rewarded with the details of these elements once she is inside the structure.
The western viewer has had it ingrained in them to not touch art and to accept it's right place within a frame, behind glass, behind a barrier, or across a space. This work challenges the viewer to go inside the work for a more sensory experience, enticed into the structure by the familiarity of having been between sheets for hours most days of their lives.
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