I’ve known about the Mattress Factory since around 2002 and it was one of my first exposures to the idea of installation art. Finally, 13 years later, and well into my own journey into making installations of 1% of the imagination, I made the journey there with my partner and our 3 month old baby. It was amazing!
(image above in Chiharu Shioto’s “Trace of Memory”. The rooms of the entire row home were woven with black string blurring the spaces. )
We were there so long I ended up nursing baby twice and we ran out of time to go to the Warhol Museum. At one of the James Turrell installations – perhaps the darkest art work I’ve ever experienced. We walked up the ramp in a narrow hall way with a hand rail into the space and cheated by using a phone to see. It felt like a sight seeing look out at some place like a mountain range. We left, read the sign and went back into it, this time with no phone or other light source and sat there for the 15 minutes or so that was recommended to see it. That’s where I nursed baby and of course could not help but reflect on his time in the womb and how dark it must have been in there. It was nice to have the visual sensory deprivation. No photos from that one!
Our stop in Pittsburgh was on our way to Toledo with Plastic Fantastic to mark the one year anniversary of the toxic algae bloom, and at Mattress Factory we came across this installation where the artists (an architect and scientist) created an imagined living room / domestic situation where people grew micro algae.
This was also where I nursed the second time that afternoon. A perfect environment.
image of Julie Schenkelberg‘s The Color of Temperance: Energy Embodied And a video https://goo.gl/photos/oTaY2BDrkC8LCbcc9 I loved how she broke down perhaps what was a bedroom from how it should be constructed and its purpose; what seems like should be debris and discarded, is given new life.
I enjoyed how the artists were focused on domestic spaces and our relationships to them.
Yes! Excited to be part of this amazing program curated by Katya Grokhovsky!
Keeping a diary on Twitter about my pregnancy, inspired by Mother Reader. Compiled below. Going forward the last six weeks the hashtag will be #babyOprep. I also keep a personal hand written diary covering a lot more of the nuances, thoughts, feelings and progress. My honey has been keeping one too. Once every so often we read our entries aloud to each other. We are due for a session.
33 weeks 1 day. His little feet are on the move and I can see them moving around near my ribs. It’s so cute!
32w3d fantasized eating a gallon of ice cream and chips for lunch while in wawa and blaming . Opted for tuna salad platter.
32w1d went swimming (if you can call it that) at the gym and it was amazing, floating, walking, weightlessness, somersaults, and hand stands
32 weeks! Ice cream followed by kick counting, just 7 minutes to get to ten. Now to write up my thoughts post art talk at Slought
31w6d feeling exhausted. scared. Productive day. Too tired for studio, aside from this diary tweet. My guy gives me strength ❤
Listen to baby beats 3/20/15 by Diedra on
31w4d, nonstress test went well. Basketball belly forming. Baby is moving & tickling me. They told me to do 10 kick counts in hour everyday
While I love the idea of posting about art daily, and find inspiring ideas nearly everyday, posting a couple of times a month is nice too.
Finally finally finally … I am trying to complete a few projects and this is one of them…Dark Matter Art Project, the third sequence from Art Basel Miami Beach, December 2013, audio interviews vox pop style. I love the responses to these difficult but timely questions. Good stuff to think about as we start another year.
Inspired by Gregory Sholette’s “Dark Matter” and Jackie Battenfield’s “The Artist’s Guide”, artists, gallerists and art appreciators alike are asked three questions from Battenfield’s book:
What would make you feel successful as an artist?
What would make you feel successful in your relationships?
What would make you feel truly happy?