The time when I most often practice mindfulness is while
cleaning. In this piece, I discuss the connections between different forms of
giving and the compassion of cleaning. I create a visual connection between mop
heads and my own head so that the mops can be read as figurative heads or in
reverse, my head can be interpreted as a mop. The piece is activated by my
performance as I run the water through my own hair and give the water to the
mop below, which gives water to the mop below, which gives water to the mop
below, which gives water to the mop below, which gives water to the mop below.
In this sculpture and performance, I create an amalgamation
by not only simplifying the form of a horse but also by highlighting distinguishable
characteristics of a horse’s appearance. By elongating the form, suspending the
box, and selecting the placement on my head, I entice the viewer to recognize the
artwork as animal and human simultaneously. The apple in the performance is more
than a nod to iconic symbolism throughout art history. It functions as device
to bring the art into a broader context conceptually. For a horse, an apple is
often a special treat. In my performance I too enjoy the apple.
Within this cyclical existence we meet in
the context of my piece. I am the impermanent material visiting this work. I
mimic myself through the more permanent and still forms because no matter how
hard I try, I cannot be permanent.
Identity can be an authentic
representation of ourselves. It can also be a cleverly constructed falsehood.
Sometimes others create our identities for us. Identity can exist in an
instance as a distinct and intangible idea. It can also be something completely
different in the next moment. We are born into an identity already at least
partially pre-determined for us by many things from family names, to social
security numbers, to finger prints. This series of pieces is inspired by how we
are born into the cycle of rebirth within Samsara and our current life is
determined by our previous lives that lead up to our life in the present as our
true self. While one might speculate about multiple lives over a duration of
time, we can also consider the idea that we ourselves have multiplied.