This installation comprises a series of photograms, a stenciled wall painting and concrete blocks, all imperfect simulations of a breeze block wall on the patio of my grandmother’s assisted living facility. In my memory this wall was the backdrop to the twilight years of my grandmother’s life; used as a staging area for plants and objects she and her husband made, gathered and cared for. Curiously these modernist cinderblocks have an uncanny resemblance to the silhouette of a cat’s head. In mythology, the cat is a messenger able to cross back and forth between the worlds of the living and the dead. Thus the wall hints at the instability of human existence, our attempts to sustain it, and stands as a gateway between these two worlds.
Title: A Breeze Block Wall with Phantom Cats
Materials: Latex paint, mounted photograms, slip-cast ceramic cups, concrete, Christmas cactus, hand fabricated cinderblocks, T12 fluorescent lights
Part of the exhibition, All Soul, No Body at Harmony Murphy Gallery, LA.