Dishrag Mnemonic is part of Roman Susan's Community-Hosted Art Collections. Chicago residents are able to sign up and host artwork from this collection for a period of six months, for free.
Dishrag Mnemonic is a tool for remembering what connects you and your home to people in confinement in Cook County Jail. Cook County Jail is the largest single site jail in the country, located by the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal in the neighborhood of Little Village. The rock in this piece, found on the shore of the canal near the jail, is the only consistent object to be installed from home-to-home throughout the community hosting of this artwork. The dishrag and sculpted fabric will all be specific to each home.
Upon choosing the piece, the host will provide me with a used dishrag. I will then create three sculptures that serve as in-betweens, visually connecting the dishrag to the rock. After six months of installation in the host's home, the host and myself will arrange to meet for the burial of the three in-between sculptures. The materials the sculptures are made of - mostly cotton and gypsum - are biodegradable, and will help nourish soil with calcium. The host and I will determine through conversation where to bury the sculptures.
After returning the three sculptures to the earth, the host will resume using their dishrag. It will serve as a mnemonic to remind the host of their connection to the land, water, and jail systems of Cook County.