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The act of defining myself as an artist serves as a challenge to my body’s capabilities as a maker. Through this relationship with my work, I have become deeply intimate with the term labor. This work aims to contextualize my engagement with labor within the universal understanding that human beings possess an inherent need to work.

While the interchangeable use of terms such as work and labor is highly disputed, I have found that my role as artist, actions as maker, and identity as worker persuade me to define my work as labor and my labors as work. This subsequent body of work serves as a record of the actions of the laborer. A floor sits; frozen in the process of installation, it awaits the return of the laborer to complete the work. Through the cyclical conversation between the workers’ voices embroidered upon the wall and the work being performed on the floor, the installation serves as the preserved space of the anonymous laborer.

work | space (the laborer revealed)
work | space (the laborer revealed)
handmade flooring: white oak, milk paint / embroidered worker interview quotes: linen, cotton thread
2013