"Home Front - Cycles of Contention", 1993-2011
dollhouse, dual-channel video, paint, custom electronics
24.5 x 17.5 x 27" / 62.2 x 44.5 x 68.6 cm
edition of 3, 1 AP
“Home Front – Cycles of Contention” operates as a miniature soap opera that is set within a gray dollhouse fashioned in the American style of Carpenter Gothic. Telling its story on two screens, one set within a kitchen and another positioned externally, the relationship of a married couple takes focus. The story of their presumed idyllic Saturday morning slowly erupts into a scene of domestic violence.
Two viewpoints of this narrative are examined: an objective private moment and a subjective recounting of this action afterward - bringing up conflicting memories. An unseen psychologist in the exterior world probes each character to remember the event differently, and eventually a pledge is made to remain committed in the relationship. Repeating in a 26 minute loop and positioned to contrast the fiction of memory with actual events, this installation enacts a drama reflective of destructive behavioral cycles, in which one continually vies for power.
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