While working in a museum many years ago, artist Barbara Kilpatrick learned a disturbing statistic: the average time a viewer spends looking at a work of art is just 10 seconds. This number stuck with her and eventually inspired her to start making art outside of the museum or gallery box, especially costumes and sets in which dance and performance could take place.
“The idea that I could make an object that would be integrated into the presentation of a visual event, and that people would spend time looking at it, that I could somehow change the perceptions of the viewers, there was a beauty in there,” the artist said. in a recent interview. “People searched longer, but also weren’t engaged in the materialization of buying an object or worshiping it because it was in a museum.”