“It’s Time to Address’er Drawers” is an Interactive wire based installation by Joel Armstrong.
Armstrong states “It’s Time to Address’er Drawers was first conceived after my mother passed away. When cleaning out the house, we discovered in her chest of drawers a stack of sealed envelopes, some addressed and others not. Inside were her journals that documented various disappointments in her life (including me!). Most importantly, they revealed the tumultuous and abusive relationship between my parents. I decided it was time to acknowledge the abuse in some way, and installation was my best medium. I chose one of the more dramatic “letters” and penned all the words out of silver wire. The words reside in the drawers of the actual chest that belonged to my parents. I rusted the chest inside and out and covered the mirror with a thin stained fabric in an attempt to hide the reflection from the viewer. The silver words intentionally sparkle with colored lights installed into the drawers. My intention was for the audience to pick up the words, handle them, sort through them, and co-participate by pinning them onto notebook paper-like lines that surrounded the room. By providing a hands-on opportunity, the words would become real, and in some ways, redemptive from the original intent. I used one of the lamps from my parents’ home and wrote all the words so the audience could read the letter. The audience could touch the words, read them, as well as hear them continually through the recorded audio that accompanied the installation. For me, to acknowledge the abuse that I had often witnessed allowed me to become a bit more sympathetic to my parents. My intention was not to condone it but recognize the roots of my depression. It was then that I acknowledged that my passive temperament grew out of the desire to hide from the hatred and abuse that I experienced growing up"
Viewers are encouraged to interact with the installation.
Joel is represented by Light Art Space.
March 13 – April 19th
Reception March 14th, 5 -7
It's Time to Address'er Drawers: A wire based art installation by Joel Armstrong
- 209 West Broadway
- Silver City, NM 88061
- Light Art Space
- Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday