Land O' Lactation
A giant Lionel scale locomotive landscape of mountainous breasts sporting geysers of milk, created with my spouse, Jeffu Warmouth. Featured in the exhibition Trainscape: Installation Art for Model Railroads at the DeCordova Museum, Sep 1, 2007 - Jan 13, 2008.
- Chris Bergeron, Fantasies on Track, The Daily News Tribune, Sep 23, 2007
- Greg Cook, Locomotion Commotion, Boston Phoenix, Sep 18, 2007
- Ben Aaronson, Trainscape: Art in Locomotion, Lincoln Journal, Sep 18, 2007
- Cate McQuaid, Keeping Track of Trainscape, Boston Globe, Sep 15, 2007
- Mark Lynch, Inquiry, WICN-FM, Worcester Public Radio, Sep 30, 2007
Extract from the proposal
There are nipples in those hills! The wholesome granite mountain landscapes of Yellowstone National Park have been replaced by vistas of curvy, lactating breasts and the hungry mouths of little babies. Steaming geysers of milk shoot forth from sandy desert nipple mounds. Fluffy white clouds harbor searching lips looking to latch onto a mountain peak. Sand formations will take the shape of open, waiting lips to catch trickles of milk. Eccentric groupings of nipples, noses, mouths and cheeks will add points of interest throughout.
What is landscape to an infant? He can see about 12 inches away and only finds comfort in nursing and other close physical contact. His known world is a relatively giant woman’s body. In caring for the baby, the mother’s most often regarded vistas are his body and her own. This work links the feminization of landscape (conquering the old west, the “abduction” of Europa) to a literal experience from a mother’s point of view.