This video is a documentation of the installation of the piece Aokigahara / Nara. The exhibition room is divided into two spaces with a door at one end to connect the two. The viewer enters the first room showing Aokigahara, and then rounds a corner into the second room, seeing Nara projected onto the opposite wall. Sounds from each piece, such as crows, cicadas and people, overlap each other in the space. A rustic bench made of reclaimed wood provides seating in each of the rooms.
A Boys’ War is a loose narrative in which we follow two young boys on a journey. This video piece was inspired by the roles women and children played in the Civil War. Young boys operated as spies because they could easily cross enemy lines and not arouse suspicion and women would hide medical supplies, ammunition and even children, under their skirts. We see two boys with one mission emerge from a woman’s skirt. But when they separate, each boy navigates the terrain incongruously. One is determined and steadfastly moves forward; the other is jumpy and distracted and becomes hemmed in by the landscape. With distant sounds of cannons firing, we know they are not in a safe place.
Mothersmothersmothersmothersmothersmothers recreates a sitting for a photograph circa the 1850s. This video piece documents a young woman as she tries to hold still for 7 minutes, a not uncommon exposure time for that era.