Object and Subject, 2011, 42in x 30in x 60in, wood, servo, mirror mylar, plaster arm mold, chairs
Object and Subject is a kaleidoscopic machine triggered by two viewers pushing buttons located at the end of their respective arm molds. The the narrow interiors of the arm molds restrict participation to women. If the participants are able to reach the buttons, a mylar mirror between them begins to turn, allowing the two people to see each other through perforations in the mirror, mixed with distorted reflections of themselves. A second pair of arm molds have no buttons, but are open at the end, allowing the participants’ fingers to touch.
This machine is a metaphoric object for two people’s relationship based on gaze and desire. I am especially interested in how women conceive of other women in relation to themselves. In many cases I find woman’s narcissistic gaze locating herself both as subject and object of desire, while looking at another woman.
Arrangement, 2012, single channel video + sculpture
60in x 88in x 72in, floral foam, wood, flowers
Arrangement reverses the tradition of floral arrangement and satirizes the cliché of beauty. It explores the paradoxical task of beauty making, while examining the binary notions of in/out, construction/destruction, harmony/disharmony, life/death, and natural/artificial. Unlike a normal floral arrangement, the subject is located inside the object and the act of arrangement and construction start from the very opposite but inevitable act of destruction. A hemisphere of green foam resembles the globe, despite being fully artificial. Flowers emerging from the dome speak to the process of growth, but also allude to death and artificiality.
Arrangement is realized as performance video and sculpture. While the video is surrealistic, ignoring gravity and orientation, the object, the evidence of performance, remains with dead flowers and destroyed structure.
Coronado is a six channel sound installation. Inspired by a visit to the beach at Coronado, the work is a digital interpretation of the spatial soundscape that I experienced there. This installation is characterized by the reverberation and bouncing of sound waves and the over lapping of analog / digital sound, forming a unique interpretation of the actual soundscape.