JENNIFER MANNEBACH

SPIDERS AND SCROLLS

This was a 3 month installation at the Cook County Administration Building in Chicago, a large and heavily trafficked lobby with 2 opposing walls, each one 20’ tall. At this time my interest in ‘places where things collect’ had expanded with a clearer emphasis on the intersection of comfort, privacy and embarrassment. Specifically, things which evoke a love/hate response became the dominant source material: fabric and linoleum patterns, objects from childhood such as the ubiquitous spider plant in macramé. The relationship between nostalgia and belief systems consumed me, as floor plans and images of ‘ideal’ living spaces and places of worship have equal time with the messy, discarded, unwanted or uncontrollable. I was thinking of architecture and growth, the ideal versus the actual, beginning to associate the presumed stability of a belief system with the presumed perfection and utility of architecture.