"'Wooden' Table" seeks to play with the obsession with the use of wood as a material in furniture. It is made of a new material that can act as wood and even mimics it in a superficial way, but it is not wood.
26" x 24" x 20"
Removable vinyl, paint
9'6" x 2'4" x 5'11"
The bus stop has been transformed into a walk-in blueprint that mimics a living room.It says “make yourself at home,” in a tongue-in-cheek way.I always want to bring the warm, inviting, and cozy aspects of furniture and bring them into the public, almost creating the feeling a living room would evoke.This piece is a play on that concept.
Bus Stop and Grow
Cedar, suction cups, plants
Planters shaped to mimic the Madame Walker Theatre. Suction cups allow passersby to remove planters and "cultivate" their own homes with them.
The current Madam Walker Theatre was a manufacturing site where some 3,000 women worked producing hair products, as well as a community cultural center. Madam Walker’s idea of “beauty culture” helped me to make many of the decisions regarding the piece. She compared growing hair to growing and cultivating garden plants. I decided to temporarily “cultivate” a portion of the neighborhood just like Madam Walker had decades ago. I made several boxes in the shape of the theatre and used suction cups to stick them to a bus stop on Indiana Avenue. Using the bus stop as the backdrop of the piece was important. I wanted to beautify a place where Madam Walker’s employees would have spent a lot of time. African-American woman worked at the factory, so most of them would have likely ridden the bus. I was also inspired by Madam Walker’s modest beginnings. She was an uneducated farm laborer whose parents died when she was seven. However, she was able to create an empire for herself and many women around her. I think the idea of making something from nothing is what the original Avenue was all about. The humble people who lived here did so because of the Avenue’s proximity to jobs and the railroad, but also beautified the neighborhood with their businesses, music, and newspapers. I wanted people to be able to take a plant from the bus stop with them and cultivate their own homes with it. For me, the piece was an anonymous gesture to the community and a way to bring art to a place that people who may not have access to art. I have turned the bus stop into a gallery.