Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I am writing to ask your help with an installation art project called “To Do” that I am preparing for an exhibition at The Spruill Center this coming September. Thousands of to-do lists will be hung floor to ceiling in a room in The Spruill Center to create an overwhelming sense of the mundane tasks we all try to complete each day.
If you make to-do lists for yourself or others (a partner or an employee/co-worker or a child for example), I would like to ask you to collect and save those lists for me to use in the installation. I will provide you with a stamped, addressed 8.5 x 11 envelope to store your lists in until the first week of September. Then you can mail the lists back to me or call me, and I will come and pick them up if you live in Atlanta.
You may be thinking, why is Laura doing this? The idea behind the installation is that sometimes by concentrating on routine tasks, we obscure the larger purposes of our lives. To-do lists are a symbol of the daily grind. If you are like me, you struggle to find time to do what is really important to you, because you are trying to get through the day and all it demands of you.
I imagine that many of you have dreams, whether it is an artistic one -- write a screen play or a novel…or a career goal – start a small business, develop that great idea no one else has thought of – or a personal goal – spend more time with the kids, go back to college or just find “me time” so you can figure out the purpose of your life.
People looking at the installation will each bring their own interpretation to the work. Even if you do not share my exact sentiments, I hope you will still share your lists with me.
The installation will be anonymous. I won’t be identifying who wrote the lists, except to note that many of the lists are my own, but most of them come from multiple sources. If there is a sensitive item on one of your lists, you can cross it through. Most of the lists will be checked off or marked up anyway.
However you normally write these lists is fine. There is no need to change your method or handwriting. If you write on post-it notes, tear sheets out of notebooks, use odd scraps of paper, or if you carefully type your lists – all of that is great. I am looking for variety.
Thank you so much for considering sharing your lists with me. Feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns. Once I hear from you, I will send you the stamped envelope to collect your lists in. I hope to see you at the opening in mid-September.