Michael Buitron
Untitled (2006)
Embroidered pillowcases
20 x 30 inches each
Installation view
(l-r) Buitron (pillows), Wilson (red quilt), Hanasik (photo), Rinehart/Kurz (code quilt), Cummings (background, suspended ropes).
Michael Buitron

Queer existence often involves the tactic of inversion: the word queer itself takes a derogatory slur and reinvents it as a term of pride. The proposed work subverts one psychological test—the MMPI—that was used to indicate the presence of different pathologies, including homosexual tendencies. By playfully repositioning statements about sleep, dreams, and sex on pillowcases, this work takes the fabric most closely associated with rest and transforms them into embroidered thought balloons of our dreams.

The images submitted are from various shoots and installations. The pillowcases are embroidered with statements from the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), a most commonly administered psychological test.

Michael Buitron
Untitled (2006)
Embroidered pillowcases
20 x 30 inches each (detail)