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Tomb of the
Unknown Worker

Solo Installation

Time Clock, Time Card Rack, Office Carpet, 2013

Tomb of the
Unknown Worker

Solo Installation

Time Clock, Time Card Rack,
Office Carpet, 2013

David Chatfield, Tomb of the Unknown Worker

Tomb of the Unknown Worker (2013 Installation).

I had the opportunity to create an installation in the Window on Broad, a small exhibition space at my former Grad School’s Gallery. I had the inclination to use objects leftover from my MFA Installation, however, I didn’t want to repeat the same themes.

Clock-In was more of a shrine to a worker, the space elevated and lighted like an apse in a Cathedral. But at the time I was offered the space I was severely underemployed, taking on random gigs as they came and teaching one or two classes. So I didn’t feel like venerating work.

Just weeks prior to the installation date,  I visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in DC and the experience was fresh in my mind. And as the space was small, a pared-down installation could give the sense of loss and isolation I was feeling. So I created a tombstone of sorts, with the timeclock atop a pillar, surrounded by the gray office carpet, the only color the institutional green clock. I also placed the timecard holder, empty, and off to the side as a subtle indication of the lack of work. Finally, the time-clock’s sound was recorded, hollowed out, and piped through a small speaker above the window.