Couch in Jars, seeks to examine the relationship between human beings and the things they own and serves as a critique of decontextualizaiton and… Read More
Couch in Jars, seeks to examine the relationship between human beings and the things they own and serves as a critique of decontextualizaiton and objectification.
Furniture references the human body very well. By using furniture as part of our sculpture, we wish to highlight the similarities between people and their possessions and how we often treat each in similar ways. A sofa or a chair, like a human being, has a purpose and relationships and memories associated with it that may be greater than the sum of its physical parts. However, when one takes those parts or takes that skeleton and puts it in a museum or examines those innards from a purely scientific point of view, one completely strips away the meaningful context in which this object originally existed.
The bare frame of the couch represents the display-ready skeleton while the labeled and numbered jars represent the arbitrary classifications that are given to the rest of the body. The inspiration for this piece comes in part from the Chicago Field Museum’s use of classification and storage of once living things. Read Less