CAYLA SKILLIN-BRAUCHLE

Copyright Cayla Skillin-Brauchle (2010-2014)

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THE DECLARATION AND PRESERVATION OF LOVE
Interactive Performance at ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus OH

The Preservation and Declaration of Love was a sugarcoating performance, during which I sugarcoated and displayed tokens of love, despair, and the everyday.

We often say that language has been sugarcoated. By this we mean that the information has become sweeter or more palpable, but simultaneously has become less explicit or less honest. When I sugarcoated patrons' possessions, the items shimmered, but at the time were obscured or rendered useless.

Gallery goers brought me their items or notes. Items ranged from sentimental to precious to useless. Often items challenged the idea of sugarcoating. With a little bit of prompting, they always had a story.

Sugarcoated items were sealed in industrial strength bags and labeled by the owner. Finally they were displayed on a wall, in a constantly changing participatory composition.