Common Ground


Used wood, marine foam, anchors
8’ x 8’ x 4’10’’
2019


Bodies of water are typically deemed outside of ownership. As public spaces they serve as rare surviving examples of a commons, a space that is self governed by the surrounding public. In the winter these northern Maine lakes become populated by small make-shift shacks, temporary structures for gathering and fishing. "Common Ground" translates the intimacy of these winter huts, focusing us on the affects of this kind of communal space, allowing us to be at once outside and inside, isolated and together.










Work for Texas

A series of site-responsive installations and interventions that challenge Texas’ culture and policy around the issue of land ownership and resource use. Expanding from this local context, the works define and investigate the human impulse to claim ownership.

OPEN
Video, 11:49

2018

Flag erected in fenced-in abandoned lot

overhead of site
street view






Fence
8x8 foot chainlink fence, earth, hardware cloth
3 ’ x 1’6’’ x 4’
2018
Fence gate from the site of the OPEN video, cut into pieces and reformed


Flag
Inkjet print
40’’ x 60’’
2018 Photographic document of installation in a recently discovered cave at Government State Park. Printed to match actual scale of the space.


Cave Part A
Drop ceiling tiles, steel, 2x4s, drywall, molding, vent, electric heater
8’ x 8’ x 2’
2018

In the center of the work there is a hole that leads to a contained compartment. The space inside is warm, heat radiating from the interior. The sensory experience of interacting with the sculpture reflects the vulnerability of engaging with a cave space. The work asks the viewer to trust the structure, contorting their body in order to experience visceral sensation

Cave Part B
Interactive Cave Model
Video, 2:13

2018
A digital experience of the cave model is paired with the drop-ceiling installation described above. One is a direct visual model of the cave while the other simulates the physical experience of being in a cave. The viewer experiences these two re-creations separately, segmenting a full understanding of the space. Together the works speak to the challenge of fully conveying the visceral experience of interacting with a wild space.







Grounded in Culver

Screen, 2x4’s, lenses, Monteray oak tree, birdfeeder
28’ x 18’ x 8’
2019


This installation was created for an abandoned lot in East Austin that was recently bought by a gallery space. The architectural installation, built from screen and lenses, focuses the viewer on the ethics of looking by creating an experience where the viewer is at once the watcher and the watched. Brought through a series of focused and obscured viewpoints, the viewer is led to reflect on how their vantage point affects how and what they see.


 

The narrative below describes a story from origonal site and its translation into the final work
The only reason his tent was visible was because it was winter; everything was raw then, exposed. He told me a story about how he came to live there. He said a lot of things, in broken sentences. I was listening with a lens: I was interested in the lot, in its relationship to something about the wild, about ownership, and the gentrification of East Austin. So I mostly heard one story -- it was a story about birds. He told me that before this he lived for years in Zilker Park, as far away as he could and still walk out for beer. He said he liked it back there because it was just him alone, and the birds. He told me one day he got thrown out -- the cops came and dragged him out of his home. He swore it was the birdwatchers. He repeated this part three times. The only reason the cops knew he was there was because of the birdwatchers; they were the only ones ever back there and he didn’t fit their view, so they got rid of him.
Working from this story, I built an installation for the gallery’s lot, looking to animate something of the tension in his words. I was interested in the shared intention of the two opposing parties, both seeking nature as a sanctuary, a space isolated from others. In my work I am interested in the definition of the word “nature” and the implications of its articulation; in his story, the birdwatchers restrict natural to mean a kind of ecological sanctuary, one that has no room for another human body; in this reduction there is an act of violence. The architectural installation, built from screen and lenses, creates an experience where the viewer is at once the watcher and the watched. The circular motion through the work curates a physical and visual restriction, one that does not lead to a culminating moment, but instead acts as a series of focused and obscured viewpoints. 




On Looking

4’ x 6’ inkjet print
2019

Two cedar waxwings were found dead outside my studio. In an effort to understand them I dissected them fully, separating and labeling each and every part of both birds. The process is recorded here in photograph, each fragment organized and laid out alphabetically. The metric of organization separates the parts from their system. Knowledge of the birds is gained at the cost of losing the complexity of their being; this effort at understanding links intimacy with violence.




Monson

Abandoned house, broom, scraper, drywall, white paint, vinyl flooring, incandescent lights
2018


Monson ME, a post-industrial slate town in Piscataquis County, is in the process of transition. The Libra Foundation has taken the town on as a project, hoping to revive it by establishing an artist residency there. In the last year and a half, the Foundation has bought the majority of the buildings in town, stripped the 1800’s structures down to their bones, and completely remodeled them with ready-made Home Depot products.

In response, as a resident artist there, I took on my own renovation project. I discovered an abandoned house in town that was sinking into the ground, dilapidated and hidden by trees. By cleaning, framing, and filtering the information there, I worked to both delete and maintain the history held in the space. The project stands hidden in town, a critique of the dangers of rapid change.





Video from local Maine news describing the scope of the Libra project in Monson.
https://wgme.com/news/local/maine-town-undergoes-transformation-thanks-to-artistic-visionaries