My son sent me the link to this blog. He felt it explained “my art”. Maintenance art has been around for a long time. I think it is the oldest occupation, though not a career, đŸ˜‰ , per say.

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Today I have been studying the extraordinary work on ordinary life by the American artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles. I am especially interested in how she presents her own invention Maintenance Art as a feminine antagonism to the male dominated Avant-garde. 

Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Washing/Tracks/Maintenance, 1973.

She argues that the two, Maintenance Art and Avant-garde follow two very different paths through life. This is how she defines it: The Death Instinct and the Life Instinct

  • The Death Instinct: separation; individuality; Avant-Garde par excellence; to follow one’s own path to death—do your own thing; dynamic change.
  • The Life Instinct: unification; the eternal return; the perpetuation and MAINTENANCE of the species; survival systems and operations; equilibrium.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Washing/Tracks/Maintenance, 1973.

Ukeles work present us to some very existential questions, like:
– How do we value different kind of work in our society?
– Which are the most important tasks to be…

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