A 20-volume set of encyclopedias chronicles the vast regrets that accrue over a lifetime, from the humorous (Unwatered Plants, Awful Haircuts) to the very real (Derailed Ambitions, Guilt Over Children).
Altered books, a washboard, and other objects loosely form a cross in this work that depicts the consequences of institutional and culturally sanctioned. In the case of Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries, which from the mid-19th century until gradually ending in 1996 enslaved young women as laundresses.
In “Things Women Shelve,” little images of brassy 1950s “cheesecake” girls are mounted on bottles labeled Talent, Independence, Courage, Ambition, Confidence, and Passion. These traits, so embodied by youth, often go missing as one falls into the traps of adulthood.