Interior Effects, 2018

Furniture in Contemporary Art, The Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

Office furniture systems and the technology contained within the office serve to discipline and manage the body in order to maximize efficiency, maintain order and thus aid in the imposition of a hierarchical system of control.

Cubicles are designed to offer a limited amount of privacy while allowing for supervision and a hierarchical division of labor. Ergonomic chairs are built to make us work longer hours, while shelving units are meant to rationalize and compartmentalize our working process.

The images appropriated from office furniture catalogues and used here are activated through interventions: they are cropped, enlarged and decontextualised, which undercuts their legibility and strips the objects displayed of their original function: to promote an efficient work-flow, rationalisation.

Juxtaposed with the photographs are plaques engraved with text assembled from popular literature: Milan Kundera's The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Haruki Murakami's 1Q84, Herta Mueller's The Appointment, as well as theory, and cheap romance novels.Together, images and text suggest an at times emotional, sexually charged or mysterious narrative, while reflecting on gendered archetypes in literature.