This is the story of a year where grief and fear almost swallowed all of us.
In the depths of soft imagination, retreating into one’s psyche seemed the only option to protect while dealing with the concern and confusion coming from almost every direction. Walls were seemingly going up everywhere, and the constant nagging thought of recovery seemed impossible. We needed something big to pull us all out, something complete.
I began fantasizing about our own special set of Imaginal cells, and how they might be the answer. Our unique and beautiful bug soup could save us all. We could retreat, dissolve, and come out completely new, all the way down to our gooey cellular form. Our souls might just be saved and rise up from land to somewhere in the stars. We could go back to the basics of kindness, compassion, a deeper understanding of the human condition, and reread all the ancient books given to us by Mother Nature.
So we built this idea of a beautiful, floating world, this gift, my offering of just a sliver of what our new future could look like. Where boats are spaceships, the insides of trees are full of glitter, and nature has begun to regrow, stronger and more beautiful than ever. We will learn how to fly, how to communicate just by looking directly into the eyes of another human being. No words, no gestures, just deep understanding, full of warmth and remembering.
If nostalgia is the pain from an old wound, than perhaps we are the soothsayer surgeons, time-traveling archetypes, the one’s that are still learning, but already have a deeper understand of how to fix it all.
When we put all the pieces back together, it will be bigger than anything we could ever imagine. Its time for us to stop remembering what we think we know, and instead start paying attention to the things we have forgotten.
Little Old One Installation
This is continuation of the collaborative project Monica Canilao and I worked on for 6 months. It was a 3-room immersive installation that completely transformed the gallery space. Please check out Colin Day's video to get a better idea of how the space looked: https://vimeo.com/32127566
World Without End Installation
This is an installation view of my show 'World Without End,' which was connected to my residency at St. Vincent Du Paul. Please visit the painting index for specific photographs of the work.
The In Between Installation
This is a continuation of 'The In Between,' showing larger installation photos. Please visit the painting index for detailed shots of the work.
Who would you like to be today?
This was an installation I did at the Vermont Studio Center Artist in Residency program in Johnson, Vermont. I was given a beautiful studio with tall ceilings, and north and south facing windows. For 2 months I worked only in this space and was able to completely immerse myself.
Little House on the Pony
I loved my old Volvo so much and was desperate to figure out a way to comfortably sleep in it. I designed a small sleeping cabin that popped up on the roof and was a perfect size for 2 people to sleep contently. I drove solo throughout the United States for several months, sleeping in the tiny cabin and exploring over 27 states.
Birdhouse in Your Soul
I was lucky enough to spend a handful of months peacefully making art in the French countryside. Pont-Aven, France is known for it's magnificent light and the magical forests that surround the tiny town. I spent my days walking the lovely forests and building small installations throughout the area. I installed over 50 birdhouses along a walking path in the forest and created a story based on the birds and happenings in their tiny houses.
Go Gently Installation
This is a continuation of the 'Go Gently' series and a few installation shots. The project lived in 2 separate spaces over a 6 month period. Everything was site specific and reconfigured to fit the various architectural details. Please visit the painting index for detailed shots of the work.