CAN YOU ____ ALRIGHT?
installation (36”x24 mixed media on cork)
exhibited April 2018 at pilgrim’s progress, Brooklyn NY
In finishing final edits of more signs than sun I felt an urge to take a break from writing and express myself visually - something I hadn’t done in over a year. Not having canvas available, I removed reminder notes on my corkboard and began painting it. A poem emerged after I finished, setting the foundation for what would become can you alright - an installation as inventory that forced me to take stock - by handling, deconstructing and assembling - the materials of my immediate (internal and external) environment.
Creating a fixed composition with these materials lead me to consider the effect these items have on my body, as well as the environment. New insights emerged from how difficult items were to deconstruct, repurpose and secure onto a new surface. For example, the ikea light bulb took an incredible amount of force to crack open and even then, the hardware within was glued together so tightly, I needed a hammer to separate and extract core components, like the motherboard. If something’s made to sustain this amount of force, what does that mean for its recycling potential? Why are we making lightbulbs that will/can potentially outlive us, incapable of decomposing?
A similar thought arose from handling UTI medication, which I left in water to create a dye for styrofoam. I made the mistake of handling it without wearing gloves. It left an orange stain on my hand that lasted for about 2 days. If it had this big of an impact on my epidermis, imagine what ingesting it looks like internally.
The process of creating can you alright really changed the way I relate to what I choose and keep in my surroundings. I felt the materials haunting me, which generated a lot of writing during the four weeks it took to complete the project.
• 3 Sleepy time tablets
• 2 Cystex tablets (dye for styrofoam)
• Tums (pigment)
• tampon inserter, wrapper
• prescription bottle
• toothpaste, tube and cap
• bandaid / wrapper
• price tag string of lamp that broke when I got home
• ikea lightbulb : casing and innards, motherboard
• diamontes from photo album cover
• pillow case zipper
• broom bristles
• paint brush hairs
• dish sponge
• blanket yarn
• bloody sheet
• beach towel
• marker caps
• push pin backing
• paper clips
• oil, water, acrylic paint
• notecards drawings
• fake floral bouquet
clothing / apparel
• rosary chain links / wooden beads
• construction glove
• broken earrings and necklace
• shoe buckle, leather strap
• produce netting
• trader joe’s spinach bag
• palette knife plastic sleeve
multimedia installation with Shlomit Strutti
Audio Recording of ‘Parabolic Wear’ : experimental sound / poetry collaboration between me (poet) and shlomit sutti (sound mixer), August 2018
FREE WILL FANTASY
hybrid video collaboration
Using monsters as a metaphor for external forces normally hidden by the illusion of free will, 'Free Will Fantasy' imagines a world where characters come face to face with the reality that their lives are beyond their own control.
Artists: Jessica Prusa & Nat Girsberger
featuring Ryan Pater and Samantha Amblard
Sound by Anastasia Sanger