This is a picture of an small installation I recently put together inside my carriage house studio. It combines a framed self portrait leaning against a large un stretched canvas that my wife Brenda helped me create. Also included are two wooden sculptures and a few personal items placed into a small shelf. The shelf unit sits on top of an old wooden crate.
I think it would be interesting to create an entire ensemble of installations like this in a gallery or some other kind of public space. This year I really enjoyed what had been put together by Site:Lab for ArtPrize in the old houses donated by Habitat for Humanity. The artists completely transformed those spaces into something unique and compelling. I had the experience of looking at something I did not understand and yet wanted to understand so I kept looking. I think I would like to do something similar if I could find the opportunity.
Our lives are complicated and full of experiences that we often don't understand. We tend to carry on through our routines. We do what we did the day before and the day before that often disconnected to the why of it all. Art confronts us with puzzles and questions that help us to slow down and consider what we are doing and why we are doing it. It helps us to reconsider what our place is in the world which leads us into an ongoing transformation.