Claustrophillick Enclosure #1
{ 1995 } Ouhouse installation — made of wood, fabric and various found assembled materials, including soundtrack and fragrance

Claustrophillick Enclosure #1 was composed of the main outhouse structure and some randomized performative elements. CE#1 was part of the Mobius Artrages in 1995. The idea behind the piece was to allow only one person at a time to enter the enclosure for only one minute at a time. Collaborator and co-conspirator Chris Borden assisted by managing the queue, dressed in a dark suit, Chris ushered forward one person at a time from a long, long line to enter the space. He assisted them into the vaginal opening, into the enclosure and closed the door behind the entrant. He then precisely timed one minute per 'participant | viewer', after which time he then opened the door and helped them exit the enclosure.

The enclosure was built into a closet of the Artrages space. The exterior looked like an outhouse with a large #1 { playfully indicating the universal numerological codeword for 'shit' } posted above the door. The interior consisted of a very warm-colored fabric { plant patterns }, lining the entire closet. A soundtrack repetitively played from above the 'participant' seat. The soundtrack included heartbeats, water dripping, airplanes, traffic noises, childrens' playsongs and other audio-collaged suggestions of sounds from within the womb. A medicine cabinet was mounted on the inside of the door. As the 'participant | viewer's' eyes adjusted to the darkness of the enclosure, they could see themselves in the mirror on the face of the medicine cabinet. The instruction 'Open Me' directed the 'participant' to open the cabinet. The pictographic signs for 'Men's Room' and 'Ladies' Room' were mounted inside the medicine cabinet, surrounding a glass jar that had a magazine clipping of a baby inside accompanying the words 'True Love'. A 'Close Me' sign directs the 'participant' to close the medicine cabinet door. Angel air-fresheners adorned the cabinet and created a 'flowery' and feminine internal aroma for the Claustrophillick Enclosure.

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