Stripes for St. Joseph

This installation of a deconsecrated Catholic Church, formerly St. Joseph the Worker, was created for ArtPrize, 2015, Grand Rapids, MI. The piece involved flipping over sets of painted boards to reveal the natural cedar wood underneath, this wrapped around the entire structure. The building itself had been closed for years to the local community so I opened it for activation, including an open mic programming. St. Joseph, in the Middle Ages was sometimes represented in visual art with stripes on his breeches in order to mark him as different, difficult, marginalized, but somehow significant. This fact made me want to put stripes on the abandoned building to create a visual pattern that draws attention to it.