Doris Salcedo takes ordinary objects and uses their embodied histories, (d)evolved forms and sheer quantities to impress upon people the weight of time and meaning inherent in everyday items. She has a fondness for domestic and commonplace materials – from textiles to wood furniture – that show wear and tear over time.
1600 chairs were used in the making of this monstrous work of urban art. To further charge her work she frequently puts it right in public view, displacing a space people normally think of as empty to send her (open-to-interpretation) political, economic and historical messages.
Often the process of putting objects in place, piece by piece, carries significance for this artist as well – which makes sense as the history of the individual items plays a strong part in the final intent of the work.