Thirteens is a series of 300 drawings that explore systems theories and visually respond to cosmologic energy flows and the interaction between the corporeal body and the body of the universe. All images in this series are 13 x 13 inches square, rendered in ink on cotton paper.
Thirteens, 2015, stop-motion animation, :33 seconds, no sound
Installation View, OneWay Gallery in Narragansett, Rhode Island
Installation View in Montpelier, Vermont
Simply, I wish I could share with this internet audience the smell of the encaustic medium as it's being blended, or the heat that sinks into the table while fusing layer upon layer of wax. Or the sheer frustration at the speed between solid and liquid states of the material. All painting are 12 x 12 inches, unless otherwise indicated.
WKM, encautic medium, pigment on board, 6 x 6 inches
This performance video wonders about consumption, the disposable nature of contemporary life and isolation. The image is both overwhelming and beautiful as the walls fall and are built again and again.
'Solo' 2015, single channel video clip, 1:00 minute
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." -John Muir
With the body as drawing instrument this series of 9 x 12 foot drawings explores the space between the human body and Laniakea Supercluster that houses the Milky Way Galaxy. With the extension of hands as spirograph these pieces explore the performativity of the body in relationship to space.
Beware Paradise, 2015, single channel video, 2:43 minutes
A handful of images from various lectures, workshops and studio teaching. Some recent highlights are a lecture on color theory and the body which was taught as a movement class on the stage of the RISD Auditorium. A Fall semester lecture on the Shiva Nataraja Murti in the collection of RISD Museum and a 'Future Forms of Language' workshop for 40 students with Nicholas Benson as visiting artist and critic.
'Future Forms of Language' Workshop at RISD with Nicholas Benson
Artist and Designer Jerry Gretzinger discusses his work with Freshmen at RISD
Faculty of the Graphic Design Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts
'Art vs. Design' Workshop in RISD's Experiemntal and Foundation Studies Division with Matthew Monk
I raise. I am razed.
This video performance arranges my mother, my daughter and myself in a call and response style critique of the forces, both tangible and unseen, that affect women's bodies and experience in the world.
'I raise. I am razed.' 2015, single channel video clip, :41 seconds
All images 24 x 36 inches unless otherwise noted.
'Calling Card' 12 x 12 inches, collage
When words fail, this work asks can the language of ink, hands, and bodies in motion become a new choreography of communication? These drawings from 2014 sought to combine aphorisms on mothering, mutually agreed upon repetitive marks, and the agreement that we would move towards each other with our hands. Sitting across a table we learned to draw ourselves closer together. All pieces in this series are 24 x 36 inches on cotton paper. Participant: Joann Juen
'Participatory Draw' documentation video clip by Rafael Attias, :25 seconds
Installation View 1, RISD Museum, Rhode Island
Installation view 2, RISD Museum, Rhode Island
support our fears
When a government chooses to initiate a war that it has no business fighting, this project asks, 'who are the terrorists?' The military force of the American Government during the 2000's inspired this 'hack' to the ubiquitous yellow 'Support our Troops' magnet. Placing this sentiment of support on the petroleum fueled vehicles driven in the United States is little comfort to the men and women who put their lives in harms way in the Middle East and elsewhere. 'Support Our Fears' functioned as blind mailing campaign of hacked magnet kits sent to individuals across the country in a effort to intervene in passive American consumer cycles.
'Letrabet' is a series of 26 impressions on the surface of a single sheet of paper that investigate how the origin of alphabetic literacy fundamentally reconfigured the human brain bringing about profound changes to humanity. 'Letrabet' seeks to obliterate the standard function of the alphabet by additive means, subsequently writing a new language of form. 13 x 13 inches, Letraset on cotton paper.
Letrabet, 2015, stop-motion, :33 seconds
'Doodle,' 2015, single channel video clip, :25 seconds
sticking with love
Asked to give the convocation speech in 2013 for the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Graphic Design, I wanted to send the graduates away with exactly what we had all experienced during our studies together — a love of learning, a love of recognizing ourselves in the practice of making, and a love of collaborative teaching environments. With each node of love represented by a sticker, 'Sticking with Love' is a social practice fueled by Instagram and the hashtag #vcfalove. 'Sticking with Love' has walked the Appalachian Trail, been seen in Japan, and is currently used by other graduate programs at VCFA in their social media posts; making these small pink stickers a physical constellation of our human connections.
'Chakra Stack' is live performance with video that seeks the reparative in the mundane and the deplorable. Can what challenges humanity also be seen as a balm that offers a third, more complex vision beyond the healing or hurting duality.
'Chakra Stack' 2015, single channel video, 4:30 minutes
Performance video exploring a new nature of multiple skin colors.
'Neo_Poli_Tan' 2015, single channel video clip, :38 seconds
In this artist's book biologic heritage is juxtaposed with the possibility of a future family, asking what it means to adopt new beliefs, cultural traditions and blend them together with the familiar. 12 x 18 inches, clam shell box, exposed chain-stitch book, polymer plate prints, handmade paper, paper pulp collage and machine stitching on Reeves BFK.