Proposal Synopsis: Sleep would be a collaboratively created installation of 655 pillows, each covered in 1000 small colored glass beads, representing the possibly 655,000 Iraqi civilian deaths. More pillows would be added if the death toll likely continues. The pillows would come in large, standard and small sizes, many misshapen, stained,store-bought or hand made, signifying all ages male and female. The pillows would be predominantly covered in typical cotton ticking fabric, but occasionally there would be floral and decorative print designs showing through the beadwork. The beading on each pillow would be a different pattern according to each makers choice.
The pillows would be displayed on rough bedding consisting of low wooden boards 8 inches off the ground, supported periodically by concrete blocks. The idea here is to reinforce the hard life of many Iraqis.
Artist's Biography: Cecelia Kane, born in Jersey City, NJ, USA in 1946, is a multi-media artist working in video, performance, installation, painting, costuming, and sculpture. She is also a curator, teacher, producer and community arts worker with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting.
Lately I've been obsessively exploring the nature of power and violence in contemporary world events through the traditionally feminine media of fabric, costuming and sewing. I use repetitive counting, household items, my own body, clothing, performance,painting and drawing to explore the intersection of good and evil and the collision of loss and