To Live is to Leave Traces Installation
"To Live is to Leave Traces" (before and after viewer interaction)
2012
4,000 crochet flowers, video
Variable

This project began with the pink crochet flowers. Making these flowers became part of my everyday life, and when I had a great quantity of flowers, I sited them in my domestic space and lived with them. I documented the path that resulted as I repeatedly passed through them in the course of an ordinary afternoon.

In the gallery space, the viewer is confronted with the same flowers and a small video. The technology beckons the viewer to negotiate the handmade- to push it aside or possibly even trample it. The gesture of the viewer repeats my own movement through the flowers, but in a public rather than domestic space. In the process, the viewers’ movements ‘decorate’ the gallery space, creating new pathways and flower configurations. The final phase of this project is the pre- and post- documentation of this space.

The right image documents the result of the viewer interaction with the flowers. After a flower fight, the participants chose to mass the flowers against the wall and sit in them.
Ashley V. Blalock To Live is to Leave Traces Installation 4,000 crochet flowers, video
"To Live is to Leave Traces" (flower detail)
2012
4,000 crochet flowers, video
Variable

This detail shows the coverage of the gallery floor with crochet flowers before the viewers entered the space. In my mind, the pink crochet flowers embody perceived negative aspects of craft and the feminine- they are trivial, decorative, easily reproducible, and whimsical.
Ashley V. Blalock To Live is to Leave Traces Installation Time-Lapse Video
"To Live is to Leave Traces" (video detail)
2012
Time-Lapse Video
Ashley V. Blalock To Live is to Leave Traces Installation Time-Lapse Video
Video Still from "To Live is to Leave Traces"
2012
Time-Lapse Video

I sited these crochet flowers in my domestic space and lived with them over the course of an afternoon. I documented the path that resulted as I repeatedly passed through them to enter and exit my bedroom. From these photos a time-lapse video was created. The surprising result was this spread-out pattern; a parting of the flowers.
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