Spirit House Instillation
For the Frenzy and Folly show at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City I placed 49 small houses, based on those created by various cultures, throughout the exhibition space. It was important put the houses in places where they might easily have been passed over by the viewer’s eye. The houses were created to give shelter to a spirit of one sort or another. Housing an entity is the sole purpose of the structure, however, the occupation of the houses can never be physically observed or recorded in any scientifically accepted manner. Creating the structure is an act of futility and faith.
The number 49 is significant in relation to the Korean Drama 49 days which explores the Buddhist idea of there being 49 days between the physical death of a body and the soul leaving earth. This transformation exists in the same realm as the houses, there is no conclusive evidence as to existence of the soul or its lack there of and yet the 49 days are accepted by a culture. I feel a question mark should always hang in the air for nothing is ever in black and white; we should always be exploring and debating our own personal reality and beliefs.