Manufactured Home 1996
plastic sheathing, twigs, plastic twine, cable ties, plywood, cinder blocks, lights, video
Close to the Border 1996

Manufactured Home prompted dialogue between traditional dwelling in the West and the contemporary conditions of home making. This tenuous sign of a mobile home was hand crafted from a combination of recycled and natural materials. Discarded white plastic packaging from new manufactured home shipments was grommetted and woven onto the framework, a grid of sticks from the weed-like "tree of heaven" which were joined together with cable-ties. The work merged traditional and contemporary building processes, the manufactured environment, and a site-specific sensibility to the culture of southern New Mexico where the work was created. Viewers toured the interior or experienced it as a large illuminated structure -- an ethereal beacon in the night.