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. 

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2018 Flag erected in fenced-in abandoned lot.
overhead of site 
street view

8x8 foot chainlink fence, earth, hardware cloth 3’ x 1’6’’ x 4’

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 contained space inside. This space is warm, heat radiating from a vent inside. The sensory experience of interacting with the sculpture reflects the vulnerability of engaging with a cave space. The works asks the viewer to trust the structure, contorting their body in order to experience visceral sensation.

Cave Part B
Interactive Cave Model

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The work is paired with the drop ceiling as they are opposites. One is an direct visual model of the cave while the other simulates the body in the space. The viewer is asked to experience them 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.