a proposition ate my marriage

Room Sized installation


 a proposition ate my marriage

Room-sized Installation
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Swing Space Residency
New York, NY

In 1958 an interracial couple, who had just gotten married, were awoken in the middle of the night by police in their bedroom. Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested because they were violating Virginia's miscegenation law. Their case subsequently went to the Supreme Court and in 1967, became the decisive case to strike down prohibition against interracial marriage.

For this room sized installation, I looked at the similarities between this case and what was occurring with Proposition 8 in California and marriage rights in general. This work shows how the government and law has been inserted into the fabric of personal life throughout history. Legal court decisions going back to our original Constitution are hand embroidered upon a silk canopy over the "marital bed". The Loving's marriage certificate is recreated in graphite to the right of the bed (just as it was in their own home on that fateful night). Hand made silk forms were sewn together and installed across the bed frame invading this private space.

The questions posed are these: Is marriage, an already insurmountable achievement, able to withstand these added pressures and do these pressures? Does regulation even have a place in the personal space between two human beings?