200 Hours

2017

15,150 feet of polyester & cotton clothes line

200 hours of labor

 

2oo hours is first a document of the amount of time that went into creating this piece, completed solely by my own hands, using the finger crocheting technique. For the duration of five weeks, I occupied the Secret Dungeon Project space in Bushwick, building the installation from the inside out. 

 

Clothesline refers to working with the garment in the home (laundry / domestic labor) and the larger textile industry. I sourced the material first from the 99 c store in my neighborhood, then went directly to the warehouse in Maspeth to buy the rope in bulk. Through the process, I learned about the supply chain of this seemingly benign material and built relationships with people I would never otherwise meet. 

 

For hours a day, I sat in the storage space converted to gallery without wifi or phone service. As my fingers performed a repetitive, rote task of slipping one knot into the next, I contemplated the nature of hidden labor all around us, both inside the home done by women and the immigrant labor force that are the invisible elves running our society. 

Visitors would stop by and reveal their stories around craft, labor, and family, prompted by the ability to touch and be immersed in the sculpture. As the web grew larger and stronger, I encouraged people to lay inside the womb like shapes to rest their bodies and still their minds. 

The final piece evolved into a series of weight bearing hammocks, holding up to four full grown bodies at a time, truly earning its place in the exhibition titled S T A M I N A

  

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 Liza Buzytsky 

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