Jana Charl


Wash Your Worries Away

Wash Your Worries Away

ART ADVENTURE GALLERY, MADRAS, OREGON: March 5, 2020 - September 5, 2020 

6.6 h x 4 w x 3.7 d ft / 2 x 1.18 x 1.12 m

A site-specific installation Wash Your Worries Away, was part of my solo exhibition Sunrise, Sunshine,
and was inspired by a broken water pipe that damaged the gallery floor. I salvaged materials from the
Hay Creek Ranch dumpsite, including a wood palette, tin pail, broken pipe, rebar and nails, to build the shower. I collected plastic mesh produce bags for flower petals and crocheted string for the centers.

In the same day that I sawed, sanded, drilled, and attached salvaged wood planks to the palette for
the structure, I plasma-cut scrap metal and welded on nails to form the showerhead. Then in the
evenings I crocheted the circles and sewed on the flower petals.

Pens, pencils, and pieces of paper finish the installation. As a means to engage visitors, I invited them
to participate in the work by writing down their worries and crumpling them up and throwing them into
the shower pail.

Sunrise, Sunshine exhibition video