Point of View | New York NY | 1994

Craft Museum
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Critic and MAD museum curator John Perreault, invited me to be in the –show. There were five men and myself. John said, ‘I know you want the biggest space Mary’. True, I did. We all arrived to install. The men brought big crates, workers, and machinery. I arrived with a portable folding luggage cart and a small box. The ceiling had small square trellised dropped wooden lattice. I ran fiber optic lines along the square grid pattern. Hanging down from the celling grid were fiber optic lines. I scraped the edges so that the lines would emit light. In the center of the room I placed clear glass tubes in a circular pattern, within that circle I placed a smaller circle so that a person could fit under it. Below the tubes were ‘puddles’ of glass as if the center structure was melting.

Along the walls I drew lines mimicking the flowing lines of the hanging fiber optics. I wanted the viewer to experience two things. The first to feel as though they were walking into a living drawing, the second to imagine themselves in the center circle. Just as children find little secret hiding places in the woods, under furniture, in bushes, I wanted the viewer to imagine themselves in the center circle and to look at the magic of the room pulsating with light as the fiber optic lines appeared then disappeared in random order. It was all white light. The room felt magical.