For this site specific project, Wave Hill’s history acted as the principal departure point. Looking for traces of past residents to re-imagine and reveal, he was taken by the relationship between the Clemenses. During the time that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and his wife Olivia lived at Wave Hill House (1901-03), Olivia was ill and required "quiet seclusion" to regain her health. Their separation galvanized my interest and inspired a series objects and drawings that McQueen is presenting as “found field notes." These belong to an imagined narrative in which husband and wife construct elaborate mechanisms to communicate, thereby maintaining their intimacy despite Olivia's prescribed isolation.
*The title of the project and for each individual piece are quotes from correspondence between Samuel and Olivia Clemens during her prescrived "seclusion."