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Symptomatic Constant

Julie Schenkelberg's avatar Julie Schenkelberg

“Symptomatic Constant” is my representation of a shipwreck in the Midwest. It is filled with items locally sourced from the Grand Rapids area, including retired sails from a Lake Michigan boat. The piece touches on the twisting turmoil of objects and domestic places in upheaval. The installation emerges from its firm grounding of earth and envisioned water, reaching toward the tranquil place in the sky beyond the storm. My mixed-media installations start with furniture, dishware, textiles, and marble, combined with concrete, resin, and construction materials, to transform notions of domesticity, and engage with the American Rust Belt’s legacy of abandonment and decay. Using the home as a playground for formal and conceptual subversions, the work aggressively disrupts cohesion within the physical sphere. Familiar furnishings rekindle memories or premonitions of collapse, suggesting both the utter destruction of war, calamities, or urban decay, but also the uncanny juxtapositions of fragile substances such as cloth and china, with industrial materials such as rusty metal, heavy concrete, and tool-made marks such as drilled holes and chain-sawed indentations. Thank you to Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids, Padnos Recycling Center, and Lost and Found Treasures Old and New for supplying materials for "Symptomatic Constant”.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: mixed media
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: variable