Work for Texas

A series of site-responsive installations and interventions that challenge Texas’ Right to Capture legislation. Expanding from this local context, the works define and investigate the human impulse to claim ownership.

Performance still, Video, 11:49

Flag erected in fenced-in abandoned lot

street view

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

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’

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
Screen Capture recording
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.