Zen Parry

Eight days into her monthlong installation/performance in the Portland Building, Parry begins to fill the 8-foot-by-10-foot public art space with crocheted plastic squares for an afghan ? a security blanket without warmth, a metaphor for unfulfilling work…


Dates: Monday, October 10 ? Friday, November 4
Location: The Portland Building, Portland, OR
Times: 8:30am ? 4:00pm

During a temporary job I had in the corporate world, the office always functioned well, but ?felt? even better when the Office Assistant was present. This woman brought a sense of comfort into that cold sterile environment ? she did all of the unseen things that the rest of us didn?t know how to do. I often thought of her as providing a comforting blanket of functionality within that office ? you could always rely on her “just being there.”

This installation symbolizes the comfort experienced in that environment. There is a lot of security in having a routine and identity that a job provides. Even though you might not be happy with your job, you will still come to work on a regular basis, and perform your duties, comfortable in the familiarity of that rhythm. I am doing the same – coming to work each day, performing my duties by being here and making a rug of comfort.

You are invited to interrupt my performance ? sit and chat, call out to me as you walk through the lobby or use the ATM machine ? you might even try to ignore me as you hurry to your next appointment. Artists often strive to create an environment as a work of art. In this installation/performance, I will strive to create an environment as the art of work.

Even if you manage to ignore me, I know that you will miss me when I am gone…..

Hun blogger selvf?lgelig om det og det er b?de sjovt at l?se om hendes oplevelser med publikum, men ogs? imponerende at se hvor enormt hendes “kunstv?rk” ender med at blive.

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