Sweater #188 was placed at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and the farmers market in west L.A. A glorious Sunday morning stroll through the streets on the way to the market was a great way to start the day. However, it was interesting to observe that there were a ton of cars parked along the side streets that were full to the brim with what seemed like everything but the kitchen sink. The surrounding area of L.A. was teeming with homeless folks wandering the streets. As a result, I felt that placing the sweater not only where I did but also with a ribbon that I got from another artist’s project that is now on display at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Rivane Neuenschwander has an installation of ribbons that have wishes printed upon them. Based off of the Catholic tradition of tying prayer wishes to the body until they wear off, viewers go through the exhibition and take one of the ribbons and tie it around their wrist. The belief is that at the time that the object departs from the body, the wish/prayer will be granted.
Neuenschwander also asks viewers to write their own wishes and place them into the holes from which the ribbon was taken to further continue the evolution of the piece. I took a ribbon that wished for “A Home of My Very Own” and attached it to this sweater which I then used to tie around the post as seen here. While I am not sure if this was the artist’s intended purpose of the ribbon, I also understand as an artist that the work takes on its own life once it leaves the confines of the artist’s hands.