Natural disasters and accidents are inevitable but it is human aggression where we experience the loss of art, architecture and historical sites that are neither designed nor intends to be destroyed. To deliberately eradicate identity is to eradicate art and objects of symbolic meaning. We have witnessed systematic destruction of heritage as an attempt to destroy cultural diversity through religious or ideological reasoning, political agenda, activism or cultural curation. The sledgehammer, bullet, bomb, water or earthquake perform the destruction - I wanted to reimagine an object that is simultaneously a symbol and protectant.
One Blank Round
When drugs for lethal injections become unattainable we investigate or revert to alternatives versus abolishing the act all together. The controversy of capital punishment, need for retribution, suspicion of innocence and moral culpability is ricocheted around the room. Whereas voluntary euthanasia, perhaps presented by the same voices, is questioned as an ethical entitlement of a terminal illness. Election cycles and political posturing carry a slate of topics certain to incite opinions, provoke beliefs and create an atmosphere of side choosing. How should we discipline behavior and legislate morality?
Skin & Stones
Explore identity and inequality variances among cultural divisions while our individual ideas of civil domesticity are confronted. Basic ideas of human rights are challenged when capital punishment or honor killings are allowed to exist to either control women or punish them for their sexuality. The audience is invited to justify their own action by either throwing a stone and breaking the object or refraining from picking up a stone while simultaneously protecting the object.
Tweeted, Googled and Inappropriately Touched
I think of each pair of underpants as an intimate portrait. They are an examination of the large amount of intimate and private information we willingly share through social media, reality television and 24-hour news cycles - the immense fascination with celebrity and pop culture. The underpants expose our most intimate information – revealing our perviness, opinions, quirkiness, sense of humor and a narrative of our culture.