Miniature silk embroidery on antique hand-made lace cotton panel by MotherEagle. Using fine Pearsalls filoselle silk filament, this is a miniature rib cage in split stitch, on a 1950s hand made lace panel.
Wood furniture, steel, and cement 45 x 73 1/2 x 20 in. (114.3 x 186.7 x 50.8 cm)
Untitled (Armoire) is part of a series in which Salcedo buried domestic furniture and other personal objects in cement, stripping these utilitarian pieces of their functions and turning them into humble monuments to their lost, silenced, or forgotten owners. The artist explained, “There was one widow … who told me how difficult it was to continue living with objects that are reminders of her husband… . Every day you sit at the dining table and the empty chair is there, screaming the absence of that person. It can become a very difficult object to live with. So I tried to make those objects silent, encasing them in cement.”