The contents of a living room are shown wrapped in paper, or made of paper in Pamela Yan-Santos’ Please Handle with Care Version 2. But these papers are not ordinary: they are work sheets, exercises from the artist’s special classes that teach him the relations between actions and objects. In effect the installation the artist made is a virtual map of signs and codes that help her son to navigate through the space, and make proper associations between objects and their function, and the degrees of care and caution one must take in relation to each. By wrapping furniture, plants and even cupboard items, the artist lends us the perceptual tools to see the world according to her son’s reality, even as she tries to render his private understanding of space to our commonplace regard for it. What occurs in the installation is a meeting of worlds, and the exposure of how we make labels of safety and access to things as banal as a cup or a leaf. We are led to unravel our assumptions of what is real, what is permissible and what is not.
Found Object and Wrapped Furniture.