Video: Seattle artist Gail Grinnell talks about her "Angle of Repose" installation at the Boise Art Museum

Posted by Dana Oland on June 26, 2014 

Seattle artist Gail Grinnell created her installation with the idea of creating a cornucopia shape to reference the Idaho State seal.

DANA OLAND

Gail Grinnell's work comes out of her relationship to her mother's generation, women and men for whom the daily work of life and family — cooking, cleaning, and laundry — was a creative art in and of itself.

Grinnell and her son and artist Sam Wildman spent 10 days installing the work in the Boise Art Museum's sculpture court. This is the fifth time she's installed the piece.

Grinnell's installation "Angle of Repose," is a tribute to that idea of home labor, an art that has been lost over time as generations grew in different directions and technology make those jobs obsolete.

The title "Angle of Repose," references the Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, in which a man tries to imagine the life of his grandparents through her diaries, in the same way Grinnell tries to understand her parents through the modality of work. It also refers to the engineering term that refers to two disparate substances that come to stability. That refers to the piece itself, that finds its stability at the point between balance and gravity.

You can see Grinnell's "Angle of Repose" in the sculpture court at the Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive, June 28-Nov. 30.

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