With the passing of time comes the opportunity for change.
Evoking memory of play and summer, Thirty Years from Now Your Life Will Surely Be Different is a sensory-rich installation that considers the work typically assigned to females, and how these expectations change–both generationally, and as we age (childhood to puberty to adulthood and through senescence).
Upon entering the space, the viewer is initially greeted with a seemingly romanticized view of the carefree qualities of childhood. The many layers of inherent meaning begin to unfold like the layers of fabric hanging as sheets drying on a line which serve as both projection screens and symbols of “women’s work.”
Using front and rear projection, the two channels of video collide on the middle screen, and viewers are invited to insert themselves between the layers of fabric screens reminiscent of sheets hanging out to dry. The laundry lines on which the screens flutter with the passing breezes of human movement are encrusted with beeswax from the artist’s beehives and convey a scent of summer, warmth and honey. Four channels of audio surround the space and emit the strange groaning of swing sets and the squeals and non-linear conversations of children at the playground. The image of a girl swinging shot from worm’s eye view both sustains the mythology and upturns the objectification of the female as the viewer is prohibited from watching this girl. It is she who can likely watch us from her moving perch above and outside of our gaze.
Using realities of past and present in such a stereotypical fashion mythologizes them as a means of questioning what it is to be a female when one does not identify with these roles or has led a life not quite so carefree or typical. Or maybe the role of the woman has changed that these roles have really become mythologies from previous generations. What then is the role of the female today?
Two Channel Video Projection on hand-embellished fabric; 4 channel audio; beeswax-encrusted cotton laundry lines; clothes pins; viewer engagement encouraged.