"Away" was an installation exploring the possible meaning of the word, "away".
This consisted of single channel video images of photographs of discarded x-rays (mammograms from the 1970s) flickering like a moth to a flame in a dark, cramped, corner cubby. The only light in the space comes from the round moon-shaped breasts in the x-ray image on the monitor while a cold mechanical sound is heard. The still photographs of the mammograms hang above while the medical envelopes that are used to protect the x-rays, reveal the personal information of the female patient (the names have been removed by the artist) are scattered on the floor, activated by the observer/participants' movements as they become aware of them and the mechanical sound quickly evolves into a flutter.
Using found x-rays, photos of the x-rays, video of the photos, and an audio element to deconstruct/construct/reconstruct a moment in time/history/memory/space to share an experience illustrating the concept of "away" with the participation of the viewer.
Themes: Light/shadow, loss/gain, public versus private, what or who is disposable, and "away".
What's yours is mine?
Performance/Installation: Laundry is being hung on a clothesline, then cut, mended & repeated. We may deconstruct and reconstruct in similar ways to process loss, but through the ritual, repetition, and routine aren't we holding onto what was lost?
Forest for the Trees
Like the rings of life inside of the tree, this hanging circular tree bark (which can be seen as an empty shell) create shadows of rings underneath. Inherent in the location of this work is the history of the logging mills that put Olympia "on the map".
Themes: Memory, loss/gain, as well as the concepts of "away" and "what's left".
Pop-up Site-specific Social Practice Public Art Olympia, WA.
“Found” consumer holiday ceramic molds were stacked as a fort protecting our memories and ideas of "home". In the center of the fort is a pit filled with fragments of broken molds. Passersby were asked to recall a childhood memory which was recorded and then played back over and over again losing it’s power to create emotion, yet at the same time it impressed the memory in our minds.
Themes: Loss/gain, memory, while questioning how we define home.