“It’s not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?”
The house of Norman Bates and his mysterious mother is one of the most famous houses in movie history. British artist Cornelia Parker has recreated the iconic facade of that Hitchcockian house of horror atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.
Entitled Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), the installation was created using reclaimed wood from an old, abandoned barn.
‘I was very excited to find the original set from psycho was only two flats, all propped up from behind, like a stage set would be, and it was filmed from a particular angle so you only saw the house, side on,’ Parker says. ‘I’ve built the house in the same angle.’
‘I collaborated with a restoration company, who go around america and they take down old barns,’ Parker says. ‘So the roof of this house is made from the corrugated metal from the barn roof. The siding is made obviously from the siding of the barn. So this is the barn, reconfigured.’