20th Century Comfort Room


window view


door view


ceiling view

My first super-8 film ever, documenting the found afghans used in the installation. Edited in camera, I was clueless and that’s why the film came out so interesting!


Installed at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, 1998. 14′ x 12′ x 10′, found afghans, crochet, yarn, chair, clock.

When I arrived at the Headlands for my first ever artist residency in 1998 I was expecting a bigger space. My intention was to make large quilts out of found materials. Similar to these Modern Scrap Quilts. When I was assigned this small room as my studio for the first half of my three month residency I decided to “quilt” the room instead.

It’s an interior space that speaks about the confinement of imagination. It activates and focuses  attention in a way that can be maddeningly insane, nostalgically cozy, or both simultaneously.

The 20th Century Comfort Room was featured on the cover of KnitKnit, Issue 5, a zine by Sabrina Gschwandtner, which appeared in a book coauthored by Faith Levine in 2008, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design. Which I discovered while visiting the exhibition Alien She (see post) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


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6 Responses to 20th Century Comfort Room

  1. Tubularsock says:

    Tubularsock doesn’t know how he missed this post of yours Sherri but it has made me laugh. This is just such a “happy” idea.


  2. sherrilynn says:

    Thanks Karen, when I was shooting the film I didn’t realize the yarn would come out sideways when projecting the film. Seeing it sideways makes it kind of magical and to think it was a mistake!

  3. cauchy09 says:

    I remember reading about this a few years ago. Your video is adorable. There’s nothing happier than dancing yarn.

  4. Karen says:

    What wicked fun! A video with color, texture, pattern, lights, the perfect music–and then!–all that wild movement from the yarn. Those dangling lengths were fantastic, but I’m totally in love with the cocoon of purple yarn that is trying to escape or just hanging out with the music!?

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