Mary Corey March
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Mixed Media Particapatory Installation: overdyed hamoi silk, white linen, cotton thread, wood, sand, 200+ symbolic crayon drawings printed onto 400+ canvas squares, black canvas squares, people. 8' x 13' x 8'/variable, (2011)

Participants are asked to tell a story by selecting some of the hundreds of symbolic crayon drawings printed onto small canvas squares and weave them along a line in one of the three warps, followed by a black square to mark the end



pre-participation view

partway through participation

About the Images:

I am interested in our earliest and most universal symbolic images. To nod to the early aspect, I drew them in crayon. The iconic House is always the crayon house children draw. In the US and Britain it seems to be a red house with a peaked roof and a window on each side of the door, and we all recognise it. Many images shift across cultures, but many are surprisingly universal. I wanted images that were instantly recognisible as meaning something to nearly anyone, but which might invoke different associations and even some dissaggreement about their meaning. I wanted the participants and viewers to wrestle with some of the same obsticles I did when choosing the images. For example: the default for any figure is male- females are designated by skirts.

Symbols and iconic images have the potential to expand again and again into more complex meanings and are something I often explore in my work. In this case I was interested in how people would use them to express ideas, to tell their stories, and in how they would be both read and mis-read.


Above you can see three different stories: what may be things that make someone happy, a family's house being destroyed in a fire, and how to make bread... but they are open to interpretation. Below reads simply "Go Earth". There was a very wide range of stories from silly to tragic.
go earth
A sampling of the images that were printed onto the canvas squares: