I am working on an installation about the elderly in America. The idea came about after visiting a few nursing homes in Reno as a possible new place for my mother. She hasand recently broke her hip.
What really struck me was all the elderly people in wheel chairs waiting or moving very slowly. As I tried to walk down the hallway of one place, eight patients in wheel chairs were painfully crawling like snails, turtles. As I tried to maneuver my way through them, I felt so strange, like I had entered a clogged stream or a quick sand. I wanted to be respectful, so I slowed down myself.
I am working with conveying the molasses pace I experienced, a population hidden away, broken fragility and shining spirit.
This piece will be on display at the Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco on Thursday, 6-8pm, August 23, and also on Friday.
There will also be installations by seven other artists. We are all part of an Intersection class called, “Dream it and Build It”, creating a set or installation on a bare-bones budget. Instructors are Victor Cartagena and Josh McDermott.
Here is what I started with. Stuff from Chip’s place.
Here is where I am heading with the installation. Still in progress.