Porcelain Towers 2021 Single Channel video 26 min, loop
In this recorded performance, I'm kneeling in a dark room and surrounded by small porcelain sculptures that are shaped like abstractions of vertebra. Throughout the performance, I am attempting to stack these porcelain sculptures into a single tower over and over again. Invariably, each tower eventually collapses with a startling sound that breaks the silence of my concentration. Each time, I calmly begin the process again, exercising persistence in the face of repeated failure and, perhaps, futility.
Body Like A Cage (2021)
Body Like A Cage 2021 Single channel video 5 min 51 sec
This piece was created during a week-long artist residency called SoloLab 545 at VisArts (Rockville, MD) in December 2020. For this residency, I was invited to use a gallery space to create a work of art that incorporated performance as a medium. In this short video performance, I reflect on my experience living with scoliosis, how this spine deformity affected me as a girl and woman, and some of the fears around what my life would be like after the corrective surgery.
The set itself is densely packed with materials of significance: drawings/embroideries on the wall that depict still-images from my spinal fusion surgery; an old ballet costume from childhood hanging next to a model spine; a full length mirror which is used in the performance to continually check my body, and which at various times throughout the performance references the future or past; extruded ceramic sculptures, which are painted red and textured to look like bloody, twisted bones. Additionally, a circle of drawn charcoal visually displays the physical limitations of my body after the surgery. Within the charcoal circle, fragments of documentation appear and disappear as I reflect on distant and more recent memories of feeling trapped in my physical body, which has always felt like a cage of its own.
Crochet II 2017 Single chanel video 28 min 33 sec, loop
Crochet is a minimally edited performance that is looped to create a continuous screening. Original video was filmed in 2012, but the piece was re-worked in 2017 for an exhibition at DuPont Underground in Washington, DC, where it was projected on the wall at about 12'x24'.