Habitat

Habitat for the Millennium came about when a variety of factors converged:  I had been enormously impressed by neolithic houses, complete with fascinating stone furniture, at Skara Brae in the Orkneys; the 1990’s cultural sections of newspapers and magazines were full of reports on the 'yuppie' phenomenon of 'cocooning' (lavishly decorating their homes, provisioning them with every imagineable luxury); and I was making a substantial portion of my living painting custom faux finishes, especially stone, in those cocoons. 

Habitat was a low-budget production, in spite of a small grant. Most materials were sourced from thrift shops or found in Chicago’s alleys. Habitat for the Millennium was exhibited in its entirety once, at Contemporary Arts Workshop in Chicago, and no longer exists. 

The Neighbors were exhibited alone a few more times. These were activated by diffused light from discarded black and white televisions, which caused the silhouettes to have an amazing range of motion. In Home Fires / Nightly News, I added a moving jaw to a talking head.

Habitat was created with the support of an Illinois Arts Council Project Grant

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