In the Spring of 2015 The Birdsell Project invited me to use a 1984 motorhome as a site for a mobile, interactive art installation. I refurbished the interior and exterior, and created an interactive experience for visitors both inside and outside the motorhome. Surfacing from personal memories of my childhood, The Camper aimed to unify the art experience amongst diverse age groups by exciting the wonder and imagination of younger generations while offering older generations reflections of their past. By providing typical camping activities like board and card games in unexpected urban settings, families and friends, children and adults could make up a spontaneous social environment without dependence on or interference from modern technology.
The Camper was exhibited at various locations from fall of 2015 to spring of 2016. Locations included Art Beat art fair and The Purple Porch Coop in South Bend, IN, ArtPrize 7 in Grand Rapids, MI, and Fuller Projects and Rainbow Bakery in Bloomington, IN.
Inside the motorhome, the carpet was replaced with cork flooring, the cushions were replaced with new foam and fabric, the fabric was replaced on the valances, new curtains were created, and the cabinets were lined with salvaged lumber. The motorhome's exterior was scrubbed and polished, windows washed, awning washed and spare tire cover painted. To avoid dealing with a working bathroom in an art installation, the bathroom sink and toilet were filled with soil where I planted cacti & succulents.