The installation Promises (Welcomes), 2008 was conceived for the exterior court of GASP Gallery in Boston. The site: a garden adjacent to a busy intersection surrounded by eclectic buildings, a concentration of textures and urban sounds. Within the courtyard, large enclosures stand pierced with text. They are shaped by half dome awning frames and supported by scaffolding systems. Artificial and natural light project through and onto the layers, creating habitable scrims.
I explore language as an adaptation tool by means of comparing vocabulary samples in French, English and Spanish. I cut up and sew panels of canvas; a material once used to fabricate tents, mail, or army bags − objects of itinerancy. I employ an immigrant craft of survival: sewing in the textile and garment industry. Once a domain of my French Canadian ancestors upon their arrival in New England, Latino Americans have replaced them and now play a similar role in the American economy.
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