Account, 2003

Exhibited at: JB Hall Gallery, Porter College, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Dimensions: 30 ft. x 23 ft.
Materials: Cast plaster and wax wishbones, muslin, reconstructed chairs turned into restraining devices, audio, performance, pink lighting.

"Account" was a visual comparison of historical and contemporary female identities. This piece evolved out of my research and interest in mental institutions, and the idea of ‘hysteria.’ "Account" was an installation with many elements, all of which explored the idea of ‘insanity’, especially the fact that many women were confined to institutions if they did not follow ‘normal’ behaviour and accepted social assignments. Also, I wanted to explore the idea that these institutions actually made women crazy, particularly those around up until the 1960s.