CASSANDRA EMSWILER
Gilding the silk lily
24 March - 7 April 2012

Cassandra Emswiler’s first immersive flooring installation, Gilding the silk lily, compiles vernacular surface materials from the sprawling Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex and examines their relationship to photography, memory, and wilderness. These fictitious skins, ubiquitous in the public and private built environment, produce a strange mirror of the natural landscape.

Living amidst these veneers and surrogates, one is constantly affirming or denying relationships with real wood, stone, and vegetation. What is the difference between a material and its image—and how does each inform an idealized lifestyle or shape how a memory is stored?

Taking cues from Richard Hamilton’s seminal collage, Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, Emswiler offers a physical and psychic space in which to dwell amidst a curious collage of domestic photo clippings, doodadery, flooring, and decorative pop surfaces.
 
 
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