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Zoe Penina Baker

Calling Home 2021 Green upholstery velvet, foam, batting, wood, nails, screws, staples, glue, string, pins, buttons approximately 15’ across and 6’ deep — The act of calling- naming a thing, a place, a person, a relationship. To name something, call it your own, suggests a sense of mutual responsibility towards a sense of purpose, comfort, calm, safety, sometimes love. Calling like a phone call- to hear the phone ring and wait, wait, hoping far away friends, family members, memories connect you on the other line. The couch acts as a present absence in the gallery, inviting participants to sit and consider their own relationships with the objects, furniture, and spaces that frame our individual and collective histories. Acting as a dream-like space, a familiar object in an exaggerated form, the couch acts as a vehicle for imagining and manifesting personal speculative futures, redefining our conceptions of family and community, and embracing ongoing change. In the (almost) aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the couch also acts as a space of healing and reconnecting. After a year spent with much of our time and interactions rooted in a frontal positioning towards a screen, the couch curls inward, hugging sitters and encouraging interpersonal interaction irl. A space for conversation, eye contact, physical feeling; the cushions, velvet, pleats, bodily warmth.

Calling Home
2021
Green upholstery velvet, foam, batting, wood, nails, screws, staples, glue, string, pins, buttons
approximately 15’ across and 6’ deep

The act of calling- naming a thing, a place, a person, a relationship. To name something, call it your own, suggests a sense of mutual responsibility towards a sense of purpose, comfort, calm, safety, sometimes love.

Calling like a phone call- to hear the phone ring and wait, wait, hoping far away friends, family members, memories connect you on the other line.

The couch acts as a present absence in the gallery, inviting participants to sit and consider their own relationships with the objects, furniture, and spaces that frame our individual and collective histories. Acting as a dream-like space, a familiar object in an exaggerated form, the couch acts as a vehicle for imagining and manifesting personal speculative futures, redefining our conceptions of family and community, and embracing ongoing change. In the (almost) aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the couch also acts as a space of healing and reconnecting. After a year spent with much of our time and interactions rooted in a frontal positioning towards a screen, the couch curls inward, hugging sitters and encouraging interpersonal interaction irl. A space for conversation, eye contact, physical feeling; the cushions, velvet, pleats, bodily warmth.

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