Artist Urmila Mohan comments on her 'Moving Home' exhibition - on view at The Hunterdon Museum of Art through December 5, 2010:
"In Moving Home I use the ephemeral packing peanut as a symbol of the permanence as well as the transience of home – the two different yet related states of being rooted and routed. I subvert the functionality of packing peanuts by casting them in white clay slip and hide their image within the screen-printed camouflage pattern on fabric and wallpaper. By covering the elements of the installation, like the wall, upholstered couch and disembodied traveler’s suit with packing peanuts “skins,” I represent the corporeality of surfaces and question how we create, define and simulate identity."
An excerpt from the curator's statement:
"Working at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Mohan also created fabrics and wallpaper that incorporate the image of the packing peanut into a camouflage pattern. She uses these materials to transform the gallery into a domestic space. A matching “traveler’s suit” hangs in the room, suggesting the missing human presence that is required to complete the idea of home."
Image 1: Installation View: Hunterdon Art Museum, 2010, Screenprinted cotton, Devoré, Slipcast earthenware. Image 2: Traveler’s Suit, 2010, Screenprinted cotton, Packing paper, Body form. (images courtesy of the artist).