"I'm curious about organs or behaviors that have lost their original function through evolution. I'm particularly interested in the vestigial tail. When struggling to find meaning and purpose in this random universe, I find myself wondering how much behavior is instinctual – coming from a primordial place – a place of survival and propagation. It's a simple question: where do we come from? What are we, really? Animals at the core, what would have happened if we had not lost the vestigial tail? Imagine it served some vital purpose and became part of our anatomy. What would that look like? I wanted to know.
I'm at a reflective stage – looking back at my work in search of commonalities. I've realized that I'm often producing something from my body – taking something out of me and looking at it. I believe this reoccurring imagery stems from a childish impulse, a simple desire: “Look what I made...” From our first bowel movement to a work of art – i'm interested in our happiness, pride, and wonder at what we can make – what we can do – what we produce – what comes from within. We marvel at the act of creation, but the next step is to look at what we've made and look at where it came from and question what it means."-Joseph Ravens
Presented at ROUGH TRADE II: a Boston and Chicago artist exchange organized by The Present Tense and Defibrillator Gallery
footage captured by Daniel S. DeLuca and edited by Sandrine Schaefer