Exposure" is a product of collaboration. The exhibition and this accompanying
web version is the documentation of a history of working together--of the
collaboration between artist, Monica Bock, and poet, Zofia Burr, and of
a collaboration between curators of differing backgrounds--art historian
Erin Valentino and ArtWorks! Executive Director Kerrie Bellisario Mileski.
Folded sheet lead and cast glycerin bags @ aprox. ll"x5"x3", 1/8" high embossed type. Inspired by the daily ritual of exposing one's children and one's nurturing skills to public scrutiny, this piece consists of 418 lead sheet bags embossed with school and day camp lunch menus packed for my two young children in the course of a year. The lead bags gather in one half of a space, spreading across the floor in the order the original lunches were prepared. Inserted intermittently, 88 small lead sheet plaques replace lunch bags and announce sick days, snow days, holidays, when no lunches had to be made. As vulnerable counter-parts to the protective yet poisonous lead bags, 428 cast glycerin bags (equaling the number of days my children left the house for school, with lunch bag in hand or no) accumulate on the floor in the other half of the space. On the walls hand written text by poet Zofia Burr explores meanings of nurturing, both what is given and when it is withheld.