For the past year I've been staging a series of "human-sized dollhouses." The whimsical, collaborative works fall somewhere between faithful recreations of actual commercial spaces (a gift shop, a bookstore) and art installations. The goal is to create an "uncanny valley" that makes users think about the constructed nature of these spaces, so often taken for granted.
In my work, I like to experiment with how mundane physical structures teach us about societal expectations. I see these "dollhouse" installations as functioning like adult versions of a lemonade stand, an Easy Bake Oven, or a backyard tree house. They remind us that we interact through a sort of serious play, and it is through this play that we encounter society's expectations. We are taught by those around us "how to be."
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