Tiny is big these days.
Houses, stages, burgers, horses… everything that used to be better when bigger is now more chic when shrunk. (Notably, not egos, alas.)
Dancing on a four feet square and eighteen inches high stage sounds like a terrible idea to me, a non-dancer. Creating four inch square art to auction at the dance performance— a fundraiser for Community Outreach, Inc., a Corvallis organization which helps people help themselves lead healthy and productive lives – sounded like a much safer challenge.
This project’s constraints strictly focus intention. Works don’t exceed 4 x 4 x 1.5 inches. The theme of the works is Home, which relates to COI’s mission. Each piece will be offered for no less than $10. Those who can should pay more, to support the benefit organization.
Considering the physical expression of dance on a profoundly limited stage made me think about homes with strict size limits and, by extension, material and complexity constraints.
I produced three pieces, exploring the pleasures of a safe, secure home against the reality that not every home is safe or secure. My process also surfaced thoughts about fragility and danger, and how each relates to both the materials I chose, and to life itself.
Late in the process, I realized each piece needed a home of its own: a safe place for the journey from studio to display to final destination. The solution was at hand: the cardboard box I’d already deconstructed for one of the pieces. The detailed packages I made turned out to be integral to each piece— out of sight, yet critical to the stability of the pieces’ “lived experience.”
Tiny does not mean insignificant. While I enjoy these pieces’ material simplicity, and the lightness with which they will travel on their journey, I hope they will start big conversations about what “home” really means to those who don’t — or can’t — take home for granted.
Great news! All three pieces sold during the first night of the two-evening event. One of them will make its new home in Natal, South Africa – wow!