Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, 2015,
Thou-less (2001–02), Stainless steel:
This installation marks an important shift in Salcedo’s process away from using found materials, occasionally sourced directly from the people involved in her research. The sculptures are steel casts of wooden chairs, with wood grain hand-etched into the steel. As a result, the solid steel objects appear vulnerable, creased, and crumpled.
These works also play on the anthropomorphic qualities projected onto furniture, especially chairs—which have legs, a back, feet, and so forth. In this way, Salcedo wittingly conjures the presence and absence, and the strength and fragility of human bodies.