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Why You Sleep, 1994-5 Museum of American Beef, NYC

This site-specific installation was installed in the old meat-packing district in NYC. I renovated a space with a group of artists above one of the packing docks. Each day I would collect all of the disgarded bones, take them back to my studio and wash and bleach them. I was interested in paying respect to the cows that were feeding folks in the city...to give them a proper burial of sorts.

The piece was [12 x 16 x 25’] and consisted of wood, over 500 cow bones, 4 camping stoves, 4 stainless steel pots with water, an antique cabinet, cloth and video monitor. Steam rose from the pots of simmering water, fogging the windows behind the table of the cow bones . Between the windows was a small video monitor (apprx. 3”sq.) with an image of a woman being massaged. Looking north, across the table of bones you see a cabinet (with a mirror backing) that housed more cow bones, but here they are wrapped in white cloth. Table of cow bones collected from the butcher o n the first floor,three boiling pots of water on camp stoves, video of women being messaged

I still have all the bones


 

 

jennifer parker