The Watchman. The Need to Report was Overwhelming and Frivolous, 2019.
The Watchman likes to live in his home and watch. He is very suspicious about the world around him. When he was a child, he witnessed two incidents. One was a car crash outside his window, across the street, the other he stumbled upon a dead body. In both incidents, he had to talk to an adult, who wrote down reports. The Watchman was so inspired by such an act, that he was compelled to start reporting everything he saw. He created a mental home around himself. The memories of the events hidden in his shoulders. Every day he writes down what he sees, thinking that it will be important to someone else in the future. However as the viewer looks upon his roof they see that what he has written is not helping and random fragments of events, that would not really be helpful to anyone besides himself. The Watchman is stuck in this loop as a statue, but you the viewer do not have to be.
The Watchman was stationed in Deerfield’s Village Hall from September 2019-2020. There he left sticky notes for viewers to write down their thoughts and observations. If you would like the Watchman to watch over your building, email Emily Casella. email@example.com. He is looking for a new post.
The Watchman is now on view at Deerfield, IL Village Hall. At the site, you can write something you have noticed.
On September 19, 2019, the Art Commission of Deerfield held an open house at Deerfield Public Library to have all the selected works and artists give a talk and mingle with the public. During the event, I asked the attendees to write something that they noticed. During the year The Watchman will be in the Village Hall, people can write their own responses and leave them in the box and/or on social media using the hashtag #WatchmanNotices.
Here are some of the responses from the night of the opening.
Copyright Emily J Casella 2020