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The Mattress Factory is an artist-centered museum, international residency program and renowned producer and presenter of installation art. We say “yes” to artists, offering time and space to dream and realize projects in our hometown, Pittsburgh, PA. We invite audiences from around the world and around the corner to step inside, immerse and connect with the artistic process.

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Dee Briggs

Art You Can Get Into…if you have $12

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Curated by Mary Lou Arscott

Artist Statement

Perspective (From the World English Dictionary) 1. The appearance of objects relative to each other, as determined by their distance from the viewer, or the effects of this distance on their appearance. 2. A way of regarding situations and judging their relative importance.

This project is meant to be both critical and playful and is driven equally by my interest in life and experiences in public spaces like sidewalks and my innate sense of social responsibility. The periscope tubes wrap around the building and engage visitors and passersby hoping that they will hear, see, and experience a glimpse of the artwork inside the building from outside on the street. This project is an exercise of perspective – both visual and ethical. It is also a comment on the responsibilities of institutions like the Mattress Factory to open themselves to everyone and equally communicate to anyone walking by that places like the Mattress Factory can offer amazing experiences if you step inside. If you live here on the North Side within the 15212 zip code you can attend all openings at the Mattress Factory for free and enter the museum anytime during the year at half-price. If you live in this neighborhood I’d like you to help me make it Art You (really) Can Get Into – by coming inside.



About The Artist

Dee Briggs was born in Western Pennsylvania and raised in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. At the age of 18, Briggs moved to New York City. She studied architecture at the City College of New York and earned a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University.

Briggs has exhibited her work nationally, including The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH; The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Newcomb Museum, New Orleans, LA; The Voigt Sculpture Foundation, Santa Rosa, CA; International Sculpture Biennale, Palm Beach, FL; the Mitchell Museum and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL, and many more.

Briggs currently splits her time between Pittsburgh and New York. She has taught in the schools of art and architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and exhibits nationally.

Curated by Mary Lou Arscott


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