I made this installation as a kind of time capsule of my experience growing up in Massachusetts. Emphasizing repeating circular patterns, I point to labor patterns, patterns of behavior and the cyclical nature of time. Patterns of labor are manifest in the braided rugs made by anonymous women to avoid going bat shit crazy. The rug on the floor has a blood red center. The dress is made from braided rugs likely made from worn dresses. The wallpaper is a repeat pattern of the aerial view of the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, a maximum security in Massachusetts. Mirrors throughout reference the panopticon, a surveillance system that encourages self regulation. Finally, the detail of the dandelion necklace has both leaf dagger and blossom, suggesting a precarious balance between entrapment and escape.
All images copyright of Elizabeth Duffy, 1998-2022