Hearth

Hearth, 2003
Paint, wood, and pillows, dimensions variable, Site-specific work for my solo exhibition at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, Brooklyn, New York, 2003

Priska Juschka’s Brooklyn gallery was a large rectangle with one niche at the front of the space. When I visitied the gallery before my show, I knew I had to do something special in this nook. Much of my work at the time was about intimacy, about the desire to connect, and many of my sculptures had elements that reached out to the viewer, giving visual form to these ideas. So in the niche, I decided to create a space where two people could have a tête-à-tête. I called the piece Hearth to reference the cozy center of a home, and painted the walls and bench with a warm gold and had a comfortable cushion on the bench along with a number of rich, golden throw pillows to recline on.