Installation has been a key part of my practice since about the year 2000. Some of these older installations could be re-created, such as What if... and Coming Home. The materials of Kristallnacht :the bystanders, have been repurposed. A VHS movie commemorating this installation is available free of charge. It is appropriate for school and discussion groups.
KRISTALLNACHT: the bystanders- an installation
KRISTALLNACHT: the bystanders
a 2 room installation installed at the Art Apartment in East Lansing Michigan in 2001. It was a consideration of the continuation of genocide and the roll of the bystanders as seen through the lens of the the Holocaust. Many hands worked on this piece, including my assistant Scott Wilson, classes from Michigan State University and any willing soul who passed through the studio. Two community discussions were held and special groups made appointments to experience the work,including some veterans who were present at the liberation of Dachau.
This was the most arduous and emotionally draining piece of artwork that I have ever made. It was created from more than two years spent reading archives, first person accounts and the literature that grew out of the holocaust of World War II. The most difficult aspect of doing this work was the sure knowledge that humanity has not learned from history and holocaust and genocide remain.
VHS tapes of this installation are available, free of charge.
COMING HOME an installation examining change from the year 2002
An installation about the growth from innocence to self knowledge, about spinning in place and moving on. It's gentle, nostalgic, full of scent, motion, flowers, a lovely soundscape and shoes, many many shoes.
DO NOT NAME YOUR FOOD
a collaboration with Gwen Schagrin
We’re not vegetarians. However, we’re far from totally comfortable with what it takes to put meat on the table. There are certain meats we won’t eat.
This installation is a humorous reaction to the hypocrisy and contradictions we (and we think many others) feel about this subject.
We were sitting around talking with a member of the “greatest generation” who was telling us stories of growing up on a farm. A city girl, she and her family had been forced to farm during the Great Depression. A challenging transition at best, her tasks were especially intense for a pre-teen. As the oldest child she was responsible for catching and killing the chickens for dinner. Her mother’s advice, “It’s a lot easier if you DO NOT NAME YOUR FOOD.”
How many children’s books tell the story of stalwart 4-H boys and girls who care for chickens, sheep, pigs, and cattle, knowing that ribbon-winning success means their charges are slated for the abattoir? And yet, they name their food.
What if... andinstallation considering the nature of creativity from the year 2000.
WHAT IF... is an installation that invites the viewer to consider creativity and to participate in the creative process.
lights boxes; transparencies; decks of card; rhetorical questions.
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A collabortive installation about Mother Earth. One hot summer, Sue Long, Nancy McRay and Susan Hensel got together and planned this project. Hundreds of pounds of pea gravel, dark brown wool, cast paper bellies, light, scent and sound resided, protected behind a fence. We created a pristine wilderness,sadly temporary like so much of our protected wilderness.
JUST LOOKING 2008