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Pathetic and Pitiful

Pathetic, 2014, embossed aluminum, wood, found objects, electric neck massager. 7 ft. x 5 ft. x 4 ft.

Somewhere between desultory and optimistically attentive, these two concoctions of failed past work and collected materials can be mobilized for migration by their painfully undersized wheels. The juxtaposition of culturally borrowed low-brow gender references with personal work history seems in a state of flux, unaware that they may become dislodged at any moment. Like the architecture of rural Mexico, where I have traveled for thirty years, it is difficult to know if these are ruins or works in process.

As in my recent social practice work, Pathetic and Pitiful reference issues of migration, labor and gender identity, but on a more personal level. Though theatrical, there is no heroic stance here: no trophy to the triumphant woman artist and her lifetime of achievements. Once the career monograph, the archival web site and the university teaching are finished, only big piles of “stuff” remain. Mining 40 years of unfinished works and collected materials, my studio has become an archeological site. I’ve set out to re-purpose the sluggish build-up and undermine my old ways of doing things in the process. I need to stir things up.

Rudely rotating knobs (remnants of an old neck massager) project from two holes in Pathetic’s polka dot black wall. Pitiful’s barely open door reveals two spotlighted crocheted doilies mimicking the form of a white snowflake like metal form on the floor outside. The electricity is still on. Yes, there must be life - but things seem to be slowly falling apart. With both the absurd humor and the tragedy of a silent film, we laugh at someone else’s fragile attachment to the physical and emotional status quo. Some of us keep our equilibrium better than others when looking down the abyss.
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