Ravenswood, 2002 / ravenswood, 2002 – 2003

The original site-specific photo installation titled “Ravenswood” was installed in the common areas (main lobby, mail room, conference room) on the ground floor of the Ravenswood apartment building, located at 570 N. Rossmore Avenue in Los Angeles. The temporary two-day installation was displayed from May 4th to 5th, 2002. The piece deals with the practical and symbolic functions of furniture and plants located in the common areas of this historic apartment building.

The installation included structures or stands on which I displayed photographs documenting the progression over time of the arrangements of the plants and the furniture in those common areas. I initially created the structures and stands out of necessity because I was prohibited from using any walls to exhibit my photographs. I placed a structure made of metal with yellow and white Plexiglass in the main lobby, metal stands in the mail room, and a divider screen made of metal and pink Plexiglass between the main lobby and conference room.

I later re-created this photo installation in the Classroom Gallery at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in Pasadena, September 21, 2002 – January 5th, 2003.  using some of the elements of the original “Ravenswood” installation. For this new installation, I created a fictional space named “ravenswood” that people could enter, gather in and rest in, as if they were ravens resting on a big tree in the forest.