Structure for the Fugitive
2016, Mills College Art Museum
Structure for the Fugitive is an installation centered around 17 pieces of lace in the Mills College Art Museum collection. The lace pieces are at least 100 years old, light fugitive, and prone to damage if mishandled or folded. The installation was created to support the lace and show it for the first time. A plaster supportive display armature was created for each piece of lace, and acted as proxies for their former owners, allowing each piece of lace to be shown as it would be worn. A gallery within the museum was created to house these displays, and the interior walls were painted lavender–a color typically associated with genteel femininity. Yellow gel filters were added to the glass display case lights to neutralize the walls, washing-out the color's association and creating a ghostly gray.
This project was completed as part of the Art + Process + Ideas residency, a partnership between the Mills College Art Department and the Mills College Art Museum.
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Photography by Phil Bond