Promises (Welcomes), ​2008

Steel awning frames, canvas, scaffolding; 30’ X 35’ x 14.5’


The installation Promises (Welcomes) was conceived for the exterior court of GASP Gallery in Boston. The site: a garden adjacent to a busy intersection surrounded by eclectic buildings, a concentration of textures and urban sounds. Within the courtyard, large enclosures stand pierced with text. They are shaped by half dome awning frames and supported by scaffolding systems. Artificial and natural light project through and onto the layers, creating habitable scrims.
I explore language as an adaptation tool by means of comparing vocabulary samples in French, English and Spanish. I cut up and sew panels of canvas; a material once used to fabricate tents, mail, or army bags − objects of itinerancy.