Café

Café functions as the stage set for a drama starring the gallery viewer. Visitors are greeted by a cafe waitress whose name tag is not a name - it simply reads @CafeWaitress, a username for a social media account. The viewer is participating in the work in a physical time and place, but the virtual is a tweet away. The installation is filled with the aromas of apple pie and coffee, both of which actually emanate from an incense plug-in. Café was realized to arouse loaded, still unedited memories and emotions in the audience, and to call into question the power of imitations in evoking these memories.