Containment (2012) is a project and installation conceived and constructed in collaboration with Clare Fox for Whitdel Arts in Detroit, Michigan.
This installation was built entirely from scavenged reclaimed wood and recycled hardware from Detroit’s falling houses, and from community gathered and donated objects. Viewers were allowed access to the interior space through a single door. Upon entering, one would discover that all the contents were given a single color treatment (made from all the donated paint mixed together), which both masked and unified the disparate objects and drew out formal differences. The structure became a memorial space to overlooked possessions. Containment wove together the artists' narratives with those of the community. In a culture of consumption and collection, comfort and inspiration was found in the mass of objects presented and preserved as souvenirs, relics and mementos.
Thank yous to Whitdel Arts and the community for helping realize this project. Rachel Bourgault designed and created the exhibition title wall.