Project: ACCEPTANCE SHELTER
Dates: October 2018
Location: Feverish World Symposium,
University of Vermont
Description: The artist proposes to construct a trapunto textile installation: Trapunto is a traditional quilting technique used to create a raised surface usually depicting scenes of flowers or birds. The Acceptance Shelter is an 8’x8’x8’ triangular abstract tent that will look like a soft tactile sculptural space. The goal of this installation aims to question the duality of comfort and discomfort by creating an experiential room that feels safe and inviting but looks a lot like beautiful viscera. Visitors are invited by a sign to pass through the shelter one by one and to read a statement. They are invited to spend as much time needed within its walls thinking about the Shelter as a conduit for receiving one’s self and accepting self-accountability. “Welcome to the Acceptance Shelter. When you walk inside please read the following statement either allowed or in your head, feel free to repeat I over and over again. When you are done, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and exit through the other side.” The shelter is designed to hold a comforting soft space around the visitor in a quiet and non-shaming way as they take a moment to connect within. Materials will include died cotton fabric, thread and recycled materials.
Image of work in progress.
Feverish World Symposium, University of Vermont, Burlington, 2018