Untitled (Armoire), 1992
Wood furniture, steel, and cement 45 x 73 1/2 x 20 in. (114.3 x 186.7 x 50.8 cm)
Untitled (Armoire) is part of a series in which Salcedo buried domestic furniture and other personal objects in cement, stripping these utilitarian pieces of their functions and turning them into humble monuments to their lost, silenced, or forgotten owners. The artist explained, “There was one widow … who told me how difficult it was to continue living with objects that are reminders of her husband… . Every day you sit at the dining table and the empty chair is there, screaming the absence of that person. It can become a very difficult object to live with. So I tried to make those objects silent, encasing them in cement.”
11 hours of dress drawing and contemplation.
i finished the larger piece, consisting of 18 dresses.
i’m thinking of adding handwritten text on the bottom, or maybe another row of dresses.
i’m getting really inspired by henry darger’s magical narrative.
i love the line quality and the pale watercolors, with the personal and intimate handwritten narrative. I might write something about the concept of an object…. a stream-of-consciousness-like paragraph. or maybe an excerpt from an book. or maybe just a row of dresses. i’ll ask classmates for their input. i also want to add faint lines of watercolor into my piece. i’m excited to do more large pieces… the small line drawings get boring.