“Giving and Giving” statement

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.

April 10, 2019

“Pony” statement

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.

“Lady Parts” statement

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.