The Quiet Man
The Quiet Man is an interpretation of my husband’s office at home. Centered around one desk is his collection of computers and laptops in various states of disrepair. From this desk a tangle of network cables spill over into boxes filled with weaver nests. On the adjoining desk, birds’ nests and feathers are being untangled and dissected. Against the back “wall” stands a conglomeration of audiovisual recording equipment. The viewer is invited to enter the room.
This installation serves as a metaphor for our struggle to communicate within our relationship. My husband’s assemblage of “stuff” – a tangled mess of cables and disassembled pc components are applied as media and as metaphor for broken communication.
Through this installation I also consider how our shared love for birding as a hobby can be seen as a way of collecting, but also as a channel for communication. Birding has been one of few points of contact between my husband and myself and plays an integral role in our relationship. It has become more than just a pastime - it is a way of communicating.