Image: Lena Cramer, A House is Not a Home.

Online Exhibition Opening: Waiting for Water to Boil

May 6, 2020

It’s scientifically proven that water takes longer to boil when it is being observed. What about sculpture? What happens when it is made and observed privately? Waiting for Water to Boil offers speculation about a question that hasn’t been asked—what happens to sculpture when it disappears behind closed doors?

Waiting for Water to Boil is an exhibition that emerged from the course Material as Metaphor: Sculpture Practice in the Sam Fox School at Washington University in St Louis. The exhibition features BFA and MFA students Justine Xi, Gavi Weitzman, Isa Sabrow, Tirzah Reed, Seri Lee, Jordan Lee, Marina Hurwitz, Alessandra Ferrari-Wong, Isolde Finney, Ryan Erickson, and Lena Cramer. Professor Jack Risley and MFA in Visual Art student Adrian Gonzalez helped organize this project.

Framed as “domestic interventions,” the work in this exhibition was made using the private, DIY circumstance of quarantine as a primary material and willful limitation. Each work foregrounds a single image to represent an event, performance, ritual, experiment, or material intervention. Waiting for Water to Boil is a meditation on the elastic nature of the domestic environment, and the instability of time in isolation.

The online opening of the exhibition will take place from 5:30-6:30p May 6, and include a tour from 5:45-6:15p. Visit for the Zoom link to the opening. The exhibition will be on view May 6-June 6.