Untitled (List for 10/16/13), 2013
Recently, I began obsessively collecting found paper from the streets of New York. I’ve found writing ranging from grocery lists to homework to religious texts. Due to the antiquated nature, sadly, of writing on paper, I’m collecting these readymades as artifacts. This idea touches on a lot of important themes I’ve been thinking about but something I found most interesting is that this body of work manages to become about both identity and anonymity.
I wanted a way to redistribute these papers back out to strangers in order to create connections between the people I was collecting these found papers from and the people viewing them. Doing that through food made the most sense to me. The viewers could take a part of the artifact with them and experience it in a specific sort of way. Through this process, ownership of the paper is questioned.
This piece was made for TGIF Gallery’s show Hot Bed and was eaten by the viewers as a performance piece. I chose this found paper in particular because the lists consists of intrinsic things, including eat dinner, take a shower and pray. These shouldn’t have to be reminders because we eat when we’re hungry and shower when we’re dirty. It’s almost like a reminder telling you to go to sleep.
Awesome work by queer artist/friend Yael Malka!