I never thought much of the Ringling Museum. It was my local museum, only forty-five minuets from where I grew up. The museum had become a normality in my life.
This idea of normality made my trips to the museum seem menial.
I had felt this way for quite some time, until I had the opportunity to work with Jill Sigman on her project “Hut #10”.
I was blown away. What I saw was absolutely absurd. Scavenged garbage that had been: frozen, sterilized, and organized.
There was such beauty in that absurdity. It fascinated me that Jill was able to transform something like garbage into something that seemed to me invaluable.
I handled waste with more caution than I ever had anything else in my life. It was this type of transformation of something so useless into something so valuable that captivated me. Jill’s meticulous placement of each object fills the room with an abundance of rare opportunities to connect with re-purposed objects.
Jill’s work revolutionized what I thought the museum was ever capable of. “Hut #10” was not just another object to be observed, it was an active space that had the ability to bring people together.