Installation - Archives - caridadsola

12' x 11.4' x 8'h
1,240 Quarts of Planting Soil
93 Yards of White Sheets
1 Iris Flower
Continuous Sound Loop of a Heart Beating
Nov 2005

In this installation one is invited to enter the piece after taking off their shoes. The white drapes within the sacred interior evoke memories of weddings, birth, and heaven. White sheets are also placed over the dead and the Iris flower is associated with death. “Iris” was the Greek goddess of the rainbow, which used to travel down to earth with messages from the gods and to transport women’s souls to the underworld. The flowers themselves are alive, but have been cut and are in their transition to death. And the wood box that holds the dirt is wrapped with the same white sheets in the manner similar to the inside of a casket.