We know each other largely through what we leave behind. I create talismans and touchstones, exploring the way we create our world through the objects and places we disuse, discard, and destroy. My current work is an exploration of the boundary between movement and the depiction of movement. I am interested in how we experience the visual through more than our eyes, but do not believe a work has to actually move to engage the body. My work explores the links between residue, movement, the body, and our consciousness. Digital technology’s ability to render all input or output into data that makes no distinction between mediums has changed the relationship between photography, print, drawing, and performance; my work reflects this evolving relationship in a constant slide between mediums.
In my series, Tracers & Flairs, I create temporary installations moved by microcontroller-driven motors and sensors. These installations, while started by me, drive themselves and unfold spontaneously. I then record them in a series of photo/print/drawings before deconstructing them entirely and using the components to build a new installation. These photo/print/drawings are a distillation of a fleeting performance often unseen by spectators but contacted through the prints, as well as intertextual evidence of a building relationship between the various events. They explore how seeming static space is constantly shifting and fluxing, making us realize how much the now and before coexist in the world around us. The gum and digital print series, Beacons & Signals, explores how places carry the remnants of our inhabitation and take on a life of their own as producers, not just carriers, of meaning. By breaking down the boundaries between drawing, photo, print, and video, this series delves into the overlap between stillness and movement, darkness and light, silence and noise, flatness and dimensionality, absence and presence, object and human. Finally, for Bureaucratic Relics, I created handheld sculptural prints of every scrap of paper, the official talismans, I was required to carry with me daily as I navigated living and working in a country where I didn’t speak the primary language.