My Skeletons Prefer Grandma’s Kitchen

The decision to use cabinet doors, as my canvas, stemmed from both their function as a form of storage, as well as the symbolic meaning behind the door itself. A door can be a symbol for hope, femininity, the domestic, and the unknown, as well as suggest the metaphorical crossing of a threshold.

To contribute to the meaning of the doors, the viewer is encouraged to open the doors, so that they might connect more fully with the meaning and memory of the imagery within the installation. Upon opening the doors, the viewer discovers items of primarily personal and nostalgic origin, which reference my own life with specific memories from my past. The objects themselves are not a necessity to my survival, but hold psychological and emotional comforts that give them value in another sense.

Along with the particular items stored in the “cabinets,” there are bugs invading the space behind the doors. Besides addressing the paradox of decay and preservation, each insect embodies an emotion or idea associated with the stories of objects they crawl upon. The spider’s formation of the web promotes creative thought. As for the flies, although they are often seen as signs of corruption and deterioration, they are also seen as purifiers that consume the negative and carry it away with them. The cockroach signifies tenacity and longevity. In addition, the ant is portrayed because of the insects’ allusions to patience and persistence.

This wall installation represents an amusement and curiosity regarding the way in which we become attached to certain objects that we accumulate over time. No matter the size or shape, the doors share the same purpose and function. The cabinets contain objects, and the objects become containers for comfort and motivation.