Installation: Non photo blue pencil, pastel, marker, watercolor
Book: Found object, Dog tag and chain, non photo blue pencil, graphite, ribbon
Installation (as installed in images shown): 12'h x 31'6 1/2"w x 14'5"d
Book: 1/2"h x 3 1/2" w x 1"d
*Installation detail shown
One does not need a marriage license to be monogamous or Faithful, but in truth, a Treatise might be useful to help clear up any gray areas. I wrote such a Treatise, to cover confusing occurrences while in a relationship, such as encountering kissing, magnets and falling down, among other things. The "Treatise Concerning the Nature of Faithfulness" is contained within a tiny, altered book, that I can wear around my neck in the manner of a miniature Medieval Devotional text. To see the book, viewers would have to make a personal request and I would physically transfer the book to their neck or allow them to open and read the book while I wore it.
I could not be present for this exhibit, and so in lieu of my physical presence, I wanted to create some sort of physical interaction with the viewer by proxy. I cocooned the book into the wall and spilled the entire body of text onto the floor, walls and windows of the Gallery space. Viewers would have to violate the text by walking on it, if they were curious enough to try to get to the tiny book. They would then be faced with the dilemma of plucking the book out of the wall and opening it to read or simply standing there after getting a closer look and still having to walk back over the text to get out. I liked the idea of implicating the viewer in actual physical, text regarding Faithfulness, for in choosing to be Faithful or not, we have indeed, often chosen to interact with a stranger out of desire aroused by curiosity.