Cage Match Project, Round IXX: Debut's Dream House

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Event Info
Date start 09.02.23
Date end 11.11.23
Start Time 5pm
Admission Free
Event artist
Presented by
Associated Program Cage Match Project

The work on display for the 19th Cage Match Installation comes out of an interest in traps, escapes, and the circus. Debut's Dream House features a larger than life wooden doll based on the artist, Emma Rossoff's childhood toy: This work is based on a doll my aunt made for me when I was six [years old]. I recreated the doll in wood twelve times its original size, with the same features. My aunt, Sally Hagy-Boyer, is an artist and named the doll "Debut". She also sewed a fabric wardrobe and several outfits for her. A wooden wardrobe furnishes the cage. 

Debut's shape fascinates me, it is a symbol that points in so many directions. I often wonder about the cages we build for ourselves, and how we create escape routes. The shape of the big doll is mimicked in hundreds of little clothespins dolls. Please untie one from the cage and take it home.  Viewers are invited to untie one of the clothespin dolls. These takeaways are an opportunity for the viewer to carry part of a tangible experience and memory with them to their respective homes. 

Emma Rossoff is a sculptor with an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in visual art and art history from Columbia University. She works as a furniture fabricator in Austin, Texas. 

Cage Match Project (CMP) is a temporary, site-specific art installation series in which selected artists are invited to engage a large, industrial caged-trailer. Measured at 20 ft x 8 ft x 7 ft, the weathered and rusted container resides in the exterior lot of The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, TX where it is under constant exposure to the elements and 24-hour public viewership. CMP is curated by Aryel René Jackson. CMP receives support from the Cultural Arts City of Austin Economic Development. Follow us on Instagram @cagematchproject 

Cage Match Project and The Museum of Human Achievement hope to see you this Saturday, 5-8pm to celebrate all of Emma Rossoff's hard work and invite you to take part in getting to know this recent graduate of UT Austin!