Doris Salcedo-Materiality-Schuyler DeMarinis-Reading #3

I had trouble connecting with most of Doris Salcedo’s work, but it was helpful to read the chapter that was written on her use of materials. The chapter includes many artists and historians’ thoughts on her work and her material. I find that even though you may not able to connect with artists work it is also critical to learn about why they are making it. To hear why Salcedo uses some of the materials that she does helps me better think about how I am going to go about my work.


Unland: The Orphan’s Tunic


Unland: The Orphan’s Tunic (Close-Up)

            The chapter starts out by stating few a points that help understand the work of Salcedo. They say she focuses on “how one goes about living after an experience that irrevocably transforms the meaning of the ordinary,” and that she connects simple objects such as chairs, tables, and shoes with representations of violence and loss. I find this concept to be an interesting one and one that works well with memory. To wonder to whom those shoes may have belonged to or who once wore or sat at that table makes you think. Makes you think about what happened to that person.


The Widowed House

            I may not connect with her work, but Salcedo is on to something with this concept. I believe that memory evokes a lot of feelings inside of us. We may not always want to feel these emotions, and that is what makes her work so compelling. To see an empty pair of shoes that belonged to someone who died in violence is very uneasy. I appreciate her work for these reasons.




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