TEXT INTERVENTIONS > Baño Haikus

For my 2008 solo exhibition at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), I was interested in activating spaces both inside and outside the gallery.

Curator Peter Precourt gave me tremendous flexibility to work with both UMA students and the campus site.

For two of my pieces, I wrote simple haiku poems and placed them on the windows of the bathrooms located adjacent to the art gallery.

The poems were informed by Buddhist understandings of mindfulness and perception. They feature a first person voice that seeks a bit of peace amidst the bustle of daily routines.

Backlit by natural light, the poems' moods, legibility and presence shift with the weather and the passing of the day. The poems serve as a gentle companion, inviting the viewer to slow down, pause and reflect.

"Baño Haiku 2"
Vinyl on Glass
2008
"Baño Haiku 2"
Vinyl on Glass
2008
"Baño Haiku 1"
Vinyl on Glass
2008
"Baño Haiku 1" (Detail)
Vinyl on Glass
2008