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Monument to Everyday Labor (2015)

Handmade bricks and bread. Dimensions 3'x3'x6'

Over the course of 1 month, I made 200 bricks from clay, sand, peat, and water, and one loaf of bread from wheat flour, yeast, salt, and water. The process was labor intensive and humbling. As an amateur baker and mason, my results were more or less adequate. The piece leaves evidence of this struggle as some bricks crumble and the bread was flavorful but quite chewy.  Monument to Everyday Labor is a way of acknowledging two life sustaining materials that have been crafted over thousands of years, and also an exercise in understanding the labor of people who make our shelters and food, everyday.