TAKING MEASURE


I often used collecting as a means of examining or measuring daily activities. At some point in the collecting, the act morphs into a love affair with the material or action; and most recently an examination of materials on an almost forensic level. Using the strategy of gestural repetition I create small systems of organization and measurement of daily labors. In many ways, this is a small act in challenging the status of certain daily activities that are overlooked or ignored. 

Escaping the Everyday
2009
digital print
36" x 27"
Responds to the essay "Clearing the Ground" by Henri Lefebvre. At the end of the essay, he states that the housewife is at risk of being swallowed by the "everyday" and she escapes through a variety of means.
Over and Over, Lost in a Mindless Rhythm
2009
ink on Japanese paper
147" x 12"

Documents the invisibility of household labor through the repeated printing of the cutting board used in the kitchen.


images by Sandee McGee

Over and Over, Lost in a Mindless Rhythm
(detail)


There is No Bottom to Reach
2009
roughly 2,300 used tea bags, fabric, gouache, pencil, paper
dimensions variable

The work uses spent tea bags to prove that some sort of activity happens during times of leisure.


image credit: Sandee McGee

There is No Bottom to Reach
(detail)


There is No Bottom to Reach
(detail)


We Eat Laughing, Helpless and Forgetful
2009
2.5 ounces potato chips and 22K Italian gold leaf
dimensions variable

A humorous work about desire.


image credit: Susan Rochester

I Snap Alive at this Ritual
2009
knitted used dental floss and knitting needles
variable dimensions

A recording of a small daily action.


image credit: Sandee McGee

Moments Ago Now
2008
knitted horse hair
dimensions variable

A response to an essay comparing the labor of knitting with the labor of drawing.


Image by Sandee McGee

HairLine
2008
human hair, mapping pins, pencil
40" x 6" 2.5"

Explores the ability for one's hair to reflect events in his/her life.


image credit: Susan Rochester

HairLine
(detail)