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Installation at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME. 2010

In this series I am exploring the notion of the home, what it means/represents.
The archetypal model of the home is under attack. With our shaky framework and dysfunctional infrastructure in desperate need of revamping. Most Americans are living outside their means on credit with overblown mortgages hanging on a thread amidst a plummeting and rapidly changing economy. Hidden chemicals are being found in the most unlikely places through out the household and our food and water. These scenarios sound more like a place of combat than one of peace. Likened to an uncontrollable force with in our lives, this creates an environment that causes one’s sanity to be whipped into a frenzy at any moment like a frothy meringue.

Our society as well as nature is interdependent upon all of its pieces working together. The “sweets” and household detritus are representative and are essentially a replacement or stand-in for the “figure”. In an attempt to explore this precarious balance they allude to the fragility of circumstance. The stack can only exist so long as all of its pieces are cooperating together, to shift or remove a piece would inevitably send the whole thing crashing to the ground.

Justin Richel Installation at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME.
Whirling Dervish
Gouache on cut paper
5.5 ft x 10.5 ft