A kinetic sculpture/performance that took place at the University of Iowa’s Ana Mendieta Gallery in the fall of 2014. The work consisted of a 12’ diameter steel frame rose window holding 13 panes of glass. Positioned above the window are five 12’ tall wood towers each supporting a 10’ long tray. The trays were filled with gravel, and gravel was shook off of the trays using electric motors onto the horizontal window, smashing the glass. Over the course of the installation, I attempted to salvage the shards of glass and fix them back into full panes. The fixed panes were then placed back in the window and the machines were activated, smashing the glass yet again.
Penelope was the wife of Odysseus. When he was called away to fight in the Trojan war Penelope was heartbroken, as she loved him very much. This was not only made worse by the war lasting ten years, but by Odysseus getting lost on the way back to Ithaca. Odysseus’ absence weighed heavily on Penelope, as well as Odysseus’ father. As a way to grieve Odysseus’ disappearance, Penelope began to weave a shroud for her father-in-law, however it became clear to her that upon completion of the favor – her grieving would be seen as over and she would be married off to someone else. Because of this every night after knitting she would unravel a portion of the shroud with the hope that Odysseus would return soon. Penelope in this instance, is a symbol of one who maintained hope through what should have been her better judgment.
This sculpture attempts to ask what it means to be honest; if we are too stupid to distinguish good from evil; and whether or not we should keep or abandon hope concerning the things we hold dear.