Saying Sorry a Hundred Times
How many times have you said sorry? Is saying the word itself enough to deserve forgiveness? With Saying Sorry a Hundred Times, 100 wood boxes were made systematically, section by section. Made with more than 2000 passes on the table saw. The endless repetition was sacrificial and I hoped would grant some sort of penitence. Despite all parts being made with the same jig at the same time, each box is still different than the other, deviations of the human hand. I sought perfection and for each box to be an exact replica of the last. These boxes, like apologies, are imperfect.
Saying Sorry a Hundred Times was arranged at Franconia's Casket gallery in Minneapolis, MN, existing as a whole art object only once. After this show, I began to give away the boxes to family, friends, and strangers. Each box is a small gift. With their new owners, some boxes hold the mundane, while others are small reliquaries transformed back to art objects. By sacrificing my labor, giving away the boxes and refusing to sell them, I would best achieve penitence and forgiveness for past mistakes.