Kari Achatz and Nick Napierala are art educators who have combined their art and teaching experiences with their own childhood memories to design Secret Spaces. The installation is derived from the belief in never losing the fresh, uninhibited childhood creativity that comes with imaginary play. As children, Kari and Nick remember dragging heavy chairs, gathering sheets and pillows, and arranging these components into carefully orchestrated blanket forts that served as their private escape. These magical secret spaces transformed the living room into another world.
Visitors entering the Useum find themselves in a fantastical bedroom scene where guests are encouraged to write on furniture and investigate the installation that reveals hidden blankets and props. Guests are also encouraged to build their own fort or spaceship and share a secret space with others by taking a photograph and adding it to the artist’s blog.