Haven is a constantly changing, interactive textile piece exploring the themes of the vessel, home, and communication. With financial assistance from the Surface Design Association, a hut-like structure was created with hand knit and fulled wool. The fabric is supported with a PVC pipe structure. The wool fabric is primed on the interior, inviting visitors to write, draw, and decorate the space.
My previous work has explored the vessel form, emphasizing the physical human body as a vessel for the spirit. Haven is an extension of this idea, enlarging the form so that the viewer becomes an active participant in the piece. One can exist entirely within the piece, extending the concept of the interior versus the exterior of a vessel. The visitors can then share their own thoughts and reflections by writing them directly onto the wall.
Like a person, Haven will change as it travels, encountering new people and ideas. While the exterior is neutral, the interior explodes with color, growing even more vibrant as it installed in new locations.
Installation of a "house" in the Bay Area and Franklinton, Columbus, Ohio sparked conversations about gentrification in cities. During my residency at Second Sight Studio, I created a second installation in response to these discussions, comparing similar concerns in the two cities of fear and consequential segregation in neighborhoods.
Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA - Artists Live Here, June 3-4, 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Jack London Square, Oakland, CA - Jack's Night Market, June 17, 6:00pm - 9:00pm