Our lives are filled with objects. From disposable containers to personal remembrances, objects are a vital part of our memories. Respite comes from an investigation of the psychology of objects and their place in our lives. As conduits for memories, objects can help us remember and process our experiences to grow into more authentic versions of ourselves.
Invented in the late 1800s, the cardboard box replaced the wooden crate as a means for the transportation of products. Cardboard was light, transportable, and allowed for easy breakdown and setup. This same versatility makes cardboard perfect for childhood play: its malleable nature offers great potential as the mind and body grow. Respite uses the cardboard box as a vehicle for connecting to and understanding childhood experiences through an adult lens. While viewing this series of increasingly larger boxes, the viewer becomes comparatively smaller and can physically enter the sixth and final sculpture. With each successive piece, the light and sound signify subsequent stages of our lives leading us on a path from childhood to adulthood and back again.
This exhibition was made possible in part by the support of Paul Artspace.