Yardstick is pleased to present Mopping Up, an exhibition of new work by Melissa Dorn. In 2015, Melissa Dorn began obsessing over mops. Mopping Up, heavily influenced by industrial mop heads, comments on issues around labor, women’s work, and abstraction. The exhibition features drawings, paintings and sculptures as well as an altering of the gallery space.
Why mops? While reading 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton, Dorn came across the word “mop.” She couldn’t get the word out of her head. She wrote it down. She sketched her version of the mop. The word became funnier the more she obsessed about it. “Mop is a funny word. It’s short,” Dorn explains, “but it feels alive. If you repeat it over and over again in your head, then start saying it aloud, it sounds funny and then becomes even funnier.”
Dorn thought the mop might just stay in her sketchbook and her head, until she remembered her mom frequently calling her a mop head when she needed a haircut. Now, from hair to labor to feminism, Dorn realizes the endless possibilities of mops.
This exhibition runs from October 5 – 21, 2018. Yardstick is located at 317 Steele Street, Algoma, WI 54201.
Hours of operation for October 2018 are:
October 7, 12-4pm
October 13, 12-4pm
October 20, 12-4pm
and by appointment at 785.917.9628.