Fault Lines
Micki Watanabe Spiller Fault Lines
Fault Lines
1996

I spent the summer right after the Kanto Earthquake in Tokyo, wondering around in a post graduate school haze. This work began as a stream of conscious journal entry that turned into a wall "drawing" about that summer.



Installed at SPACES, Cleveland, OH
Micki Watanabe Spiller Fault Lines
Fault Lines
1996

Five fragmented photographs of a crack in a parking lot by the sea, with a seismic line bisecting the wall.
Under it sits a motorized table with a box full of cast latex catfish.

Micki Watanabe Spiller Fault Lines
Fault Lines
1996

One of the five fragmented photographs of a crack in a parking lot by the sea.
Micki Watanabe Spiller Fault Lines
Fault Lines
1996

One of the two land masses made by repetitive Xeroxed images of destruction, tied together by a single seismic line spanning the wall.
One is Japan, the other California.

Micki Watanabe Spiller Fault Lines collaged road maps
Fault Lines
collaged road maps

On the outer edges of the center table lie two manuscripts each printed on road maps, telling the story of a journey.
Micki Watanabe Spiller Fault Lines
Fault Lines
1996

A steel open table divided by a box hung on springs, containing cast latex catfish.
Every 15 minutes, a pair of motorized hammers on opposite ends bangs the box to shake up the fish and to startle the readers.

There is an old Japanese folk tale that explains what causes earthquakes...
apparently, large catfish gods live under the earth and when angered, will thrash about, causing the earth to quake.

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