WATER DESIRE   SOUNDS   QUARTERS   JEWELS
       
LAPS SCALES   EDGES   SATIN
  SQUARE
CIRLES
       
COTS DRAWER OF
FERTILITY
  DRAWER OF
WORDS
  LETTERS   BEDROOM
LATHS
               
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GALLERY

WARDROBE PAINTINGS

Wardrobes are a physical stand in for the human psyche. Wardrobes enclose drawers. Drawers are containers holding information that can reveal intimate details about the user; they hold clusters of objects, each a point radiating a different psychology. The French philosopher, Gaston Bachelard, wrote about the intimacy of the home, suggesting that wardrobes are the most revealing of all furniture. The wardrobe is an arcane piece of furniture, used to hold drawers and hang clothes, rendered obsolete by the use of closets.

After a fire at my parents house, the house where I grew up, in the burned through living room, I approached a blackened wardrobe that had been passed down from my grandparents. As I pulled the first drawer of the wardrobe, the façe came away in my hands, revealing an x-ray like view into the preserved ash contents of the drawer. First drawer-piles of old letters seen edge to blackened edge held together by black ribbons. Second drawer- children’s art projects, my own and my siblings’, preserved in blackened silhouettes of turkeys and pilgrims. Third drawer- melted scotch tape, charcoal ribbons, and strangely intact scissors. Each drawer held momentoes that I had not even known or remembered, catalogued differently, dissolving if touched.

The Wardrobe paintings are based on simple geometry, a combination of two and three dimensions. Using found wood scraps, I build, assemble, and paint structures that each represent a drawer indicating a specific purpose. The drawers do not move or hold items; they suggest a new sign for the function of the drawer. Shelter, is my version of a drawer for the homeless. In Drawer of Words, I am interested in translating language into blocks of color, and Satin is a container for fragile, sensual fabric.

www.sallyschlutertardella.com
Detroit, Michigan