A site-specific installation by Dani Dodge created for the Inland Empire Museum of Art’s inaugural show, “Contemporary Art from California's Inland Empire & Beyond,” April and May 2015
There is a constant battle between the struggle for autonomy and the need to be loved and understood.
This need to be known binds us to our clan, our community, our flock. When we are there, we feel comfort.
At the same time, we struggle to be exotic and unconventional. We dream of breaking the bonds that tie us to specific strata of the earth’s surface, to go to a place beyond those who think and feel and live like us.
This piece explores that battle that wages within each of us.
The installation took up a 16-foot by 22-foot area of the museum exhibition and was 8 feet high. It featured a stop-motion video of a flock of parrots in a suburban neighborhood outside Los Angeles. The earth’s layers are represented in the first layer of the 18-foot-long, 7-foot-high mixed-media painting. That image was overlaid with layers of paint with various opacities as well as rubber bands, Band-Aids and sutured gauze bandages. Each of the fragile, vintage bird cages encases a distinct type of rock from a different region of the earth. The branches jutting from the wall are from one of the trees featured in the video.