The current series from The Carrying Stones Project is called Force of Nature: Women's Work Visualized. Real-life work data
is collected from a diverse group of women using a custom-built app. Participants record their paid and unpaid labor, hour by hour.
Each woman’s data is then mapped into a large-scale data visualization sculpture that abstracts and encodes her labor hours in a form that is fully readable as a graphic.
Each sculpture, in material and composition, reflects the personality of the woman it is built for.
Then, once a participant’s sculpture is complete, a photographic portrait is taken of her lifting and carrying her sculpture, “shouldering her burden” in a real and physical way.
In order to help visitors to the Force of Nature installation gain a deeper, visceral understanding of the work they're seeing, I organize interactive events that pair with the exhibition.
During a public interactive event titled The Weight of Your World, visitors to get to take the role of Force of Nature participants. Visitors enter work-time data from their own life at an iPad kiosk. They then have their portrait taken wearing or carrying a custom-generated sculpture of their working hours.
By examining their own workloads, and those of partners and friends, and shouldering physical depictions of those loads, The Weight of Your World gives people new insight as to how they fit in to the larger labor landscape. (learn more...)