Housekeeping

Adriane Little's avatar Adriane Little

The conceptual frame of my work originates from the investigation of ritual and trauma through the presence and absence of the maternal body. This is then visualized through a series of mediated rituals. Here ritual as the cutting of the text functions as a singular and private act; under the burden of grief and trauma embedded within instinct or what I call the matrilineal ghost. As a continuation of these ideas, this new body of work turns to literature as a source of visualization. Literature is riddled with dead or otherwise missing mothers. I have chosen Housekeeping (Marilynne Robinson) for the second book in this body of work. Housekeeping consists of a series of shadow boxes, image and text. For this project, I cut seventeen copies of the novel Housekeeping into individual words. The text from the book is then placed in the empty space of the shadow box and in front of the image. The act and ritual of cutting the books speaks to the persistence of loss and trauma, which is fractured yet contained or fragments of trauma. With lineage tracing to Dada and Surrealism and advanced by Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs, the cutting of the text also visualizes the cut-up literary technique. It is used here for its inherent nature of rewriting or reorganizing and in turn allowing for internal housekeeping in response to maternal loss. The images for this project dissolve the boundary between loss, inside and outside. For instance, images mimicking wallpaper or wall paint.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Medium: maple shadowbox with image and cut text
  • Width: 11 inches
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 14 inches