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Disaster Model

A vibrating "animation" with chairs and liquid. The multiple chairs in motion imply an animation of sorts, mapping the simultaneously-perceived positions of a thing in motion—a possible "quantum" situation. The thing actually is in vibratory motion, with audible clanking and brrring. I decided not to to make any more mute or frozen sculpture; now artwork must express itself in time and space, so it was necessary to exaggerate the objects' ongoing molecular activity into a fully sensually perceptible experience: visual, audial, tactile, and olfactory. Yes, it smells: the "disaster water" is organically toxic and still changing.

The chair is a stand-in for the body, especially when expressed in the shape of a skin or hide in this knockoff of a familiar 1955 design by Arne Jacobsen. I call it a "catalog" chair because of the ubiquity of this model, making midcentury high design available and affordable to almost everyone starting at Design Within Reach and filtering down to Goodwill.

The mass-produced object-body stand-in expresses my persistent interest, or disappointment, in the concept of the individual—individuality turning out to be so burdensome, divisive, and ultimately producing rampant emotional illness in American culture, in particular.