AfterShock :: Marine Life Emergency Pillow, 2010
sheep's wool, alpaca fleece, dog hair, nylon tights, plastic mesh, cable tie's, 127" x 52" x 38"
FEATURED in 2010 Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn NY
AfterShock is a site-specific installation conceived for Pillow Culture and the associated exhibition entitled Pillow Pageant hosted by A.I.R. Gallery. The work references a 1923 US pillow patent called the “Marine Life Saving Pillow”. The Marine Life Saving Pillows are made from brightly colored tights stuffed with alpaca fleece and sheep’s wool covered in orange mesh, creating an extravaganza of color reminiscent of sea life threatened by human impact. The technique used to create this project was inspired by oil absorbent "hair booms" fabricated by Matter of Trust to collect oil in the Gulf Coast oil spill clean up efforts. AfterShock was conceived to raise awareness about the ongoing effects of the oil spill, the perilous state of our oceans, and as a reminder of our dependence on fossil fuel.