Mixed media installation
At Johnson's Island, RIP (vol.1) was an exhibition inspired by the idea of a fictional murder. We created a shrine in remembrance of the victim - composed of candles, incense, flowers, trinkets, and framed photographs. We used a humorous take on the dark idea of murder to poke fun at it. The exhibition was seen as a parody funeral.
In our shrine we featured cocktail umbrellas, glitter, and stock photos of women eating salad. We chose these photos to highlight the ridiculous hilarity of how happy these women look while eating something as flavourless as lettuce. We prepared phrases that were read aloud about how the victim was hated and how she will not be sorely missed. We describe how her laugh was annoying and how she acted condescendingly in class.
I made 2 individual pieces: one was a series of drawings of everyday odd objects that have actually been used in real murders, such as a stiletto shoe or a corkscrew. The drawings allow the viewer to contemplate how someone used it to murder their victim.
My second piece was the Secret Book of Anger, a notebook in which you can write down your angry thoughts using invisible ink. The writing is only visible under a blacklight. We also handmade voodoo dolls with pins for the public to stick in them. Many of the works were focused on planning a murder, or anger, as opposed to the act of murdering itself.