Stephanie Jane Burt, 'Dressing a Window', 2020
In this installation, two central metal frames simulate windows that reflect on the possible correlation between acts of looking and caretaking. Looking at something is the precursor to looking after something as care requires attention. Dressing a Window draws on the chapter "Time Passes" in Virginia Woolf's novel To The Lighthouse, referenced in the title of this exhibition. In "Time Passes," Woolf continues to look closely at the characters' holiday house even after it has fallen into disarray, describing the neglected items scattered around empty rooms and routines of the housekeepers looking after the house. Similarly, materials repurposed from Burt's older works are draped, tied and suspended around the frames and carefully rewoven into this new presentation.