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Forever Summer (2004/05) Installation (cut curtains, pins, kitchen) in progress



Forever Summer (2004/05) Installation (cut curtains, pins, kitchen) in progress



Forever Summer (2004/05) detail, Installation (cut curtains, pins, kitchen) in progress



Forever Summer (2004/05) curtains



Forever Summer (2004/05) Installation (cut curtains, pins, bathroom) in progress



Forever Summer (2004/05) detail, Installation (cut curtains, pins, bathroom) in progress



Forever Summer (2004/05) detail, Installation (cut curtains, pins, bathroom) in progress



Forever Summer (2004/05) Installation (cut curtains, pins, bathroom) in progress



Forever Summer (2004/05) Installation (cut curtains, pins, bathroom) in progress



Forever Summer (2004/05) detail, Installation (cut curtains, pins, bathroom) in progress


Forever Summer (2004/05) Installation (cut curtains, pins, kitchen) in progress

The word "Home" conjures up many images. We may think of where we grew up, or where we live now, the origins of our ancestors or possibly our computer screens. Home is often considered a safe harbor or a retreat and each person has his/her own, relatively unique take on this notion of home. Domestic interiors and their furnishings are an expression of self and tell a powerful visual history loaded in iconographic detail. Yet, under the varied forms of ‘Home' lies a more universal core of place and a sense of belonging.

Forever Summer is a site-specific installation/environment that I started in 2004. The images shown here are from the work in progress in its initial stages. The project has continued slowly since as I've focused on several other projects and finishing the publication of the Sama-sama/Together catalogue. However I've recently received great news that will help to move the project forward to be completed in the fall of 2006; I was awarded a $5,000 Individual Artist Commision by the San Franciso Art Commission (thank you!). I had actually applied for this in 2005, but didn't receive the award until June 2006 when the Arts Commission received additional funds through the City.

The project utilizes the interior space of the home to explore and challenge notions of comfort and protection, private and public, and the boundaries between art/life/architecture/design. The title refers to the sense of longevity and nostalgia, childhood dreams and adult longing traditionally associated with the idea of “home.” Through this project I am transforming my entire living/working environment using familiar aesthetics from my past -- textile patterns cut from discarded curtains of the seventies, shag carpeting, and arts/crafts from my childhood to cover all surfaces, creating new meaning and context.

Forever Summer references and borrows ideas from artists such as Dadaist Kurt Schwitters, who erected the Merzbau, a real-life expressionistic interior, in his studio in Hanover, Germany; feminists Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, who spearheaded Womanhouse - a series of fantasy environments exploring the various personal meanings and gender construction of domestic space; and conceptualist David Ireland, whose work “ has a visual presence that makes it seem like part of a usual, everyday situation;” architects and designers such as Verner Panton, who created groovy, floor-to-ceiling and back-down-the-walls-to-the-floor, psychedelic interiors in the sixties and seventies, César Manrique, who designed Star Trek-like party spaces; and communities of West Africa, where each year after harvest, women gather to restore and paint their mud dwellings which are washed away by rain every year.

The project will be open to the public for 6 weeks in the fall of 2006. The open house will include onsite screenings of films from the seventies that have influenced and impacted the work, as well as a series of weekly dinners that will engage participants in discussions of home, environment, global forces that have reshaped how interior space is viewed, and contemporary trends in exhibiting and experiencing art, (dinners will be limited to six guests and will be scheduled in advance on a first come/first serve basis). The dinners will be recorded through video and audio and will be available for viewing/listening on my Website.

Other projects that I have done that relate to this work include:
Night Bloom
Spring

Spring Drawings
Drawings
Sunset
Forever Summer Part Two (in progress)
The Irresistible Terror of Loveliness



Forever Summer (2004/05) detail, Installation (cut curtains, pins, kitchen) in progress



Forever Summer (2004/05) detail, Installation (cut curtains, pins, bathroom) in progress


Forever Summer (2004/05) detail, Installation (cut curtains, pins, bathroom) in progress