The inspiration for the box was a piece jewelry. Thinking deeper about what this piece of jewelry represented I began to explore the concept of a psychological or emotional box. The box not only as a container for precious objects/jewelry but the keeper of history, experiences and memories. An intimate space for objects that often have much more emotional value than material worth. As I explored this idea further I began to think about how I (we) process and store memories, experiences and emotions throughout our life. As we move forward how do we deal with all of this information and how do we store or let go of our emotions, relationships and experiences. Also being a person who has moved from place to place, country to country- I do not have the same sense of home or place to store my belongings and precious memories. Many of my possessions and memories live in real and/or psychological boxes. Therefore I wanted to create a box not only for processing and storing my own experiences but where the audience became the object within my box.
My life in a box started in my studio and was constructed over a two-month period. I lived in the box while I was creating it. I chose my studio space because this is where the marks/drawings/writings and artifacts from my thoughts, ideas, hopes, dreams and disappointments existed. The place where I created and processed my emotions and experiences through my work. I used packaging tape as a material to keep my thoughts and objects intact. Over the two-month period I slowly constructed, taped, hid and imbedded objects, thoughts, pictures and memories under the layers of tape. The installation lasted one week. Shortly after, I deconstructed the box, painted my studio white again and moved out of the space completely.