THE SUB-MISSION is pleased to present a box for each of us, a site-specific installation by Kristina Paabus. Paabus’ work investigates the use of information systems to enforce perceptions of structure and order. Through a multidisciplinary approach, she creates images, environments, and situations that straddle reality and illusion. These hybrid spatial conversations elaborate on the relationship between physical structure and an individual’s perception of his or her surroundings.
In this site-specific installation, Paabus explores ideas of surveillance and control. Influenced by theater and panopticons, she examines the melding of public and private spaces. Paabus is interested in the idea of “being watched” and the resulting perceptual effects. In a box for each of us, the panopticon is a representation of contemporary information gathering techniques, confining individuals and groups to both constant display and categorization.
Kristina Paabus was born and raised in Massachusetts. She studied Fine Arts and Religious Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Fine and Applied Arts at The Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA), and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2009, she earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and then moved to Estonia as a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Artist at the EAA. Paabus is a Visiting Assistant Professor and the Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking at The University of Iowa.
Image: Kristina Paabus, a box for each of us (detail), site-specific installation, 2013