toe tags, ink, ribbon, metal; dimensions variable; 2016
... and counting is an ongoing and interactive installation that presents the facts around each police involved death in America during 2016. By presenting only the facts this project gives the viewer an objective and all encompassing opportunity to face our nation's heartbreaking and ubiquitous problem of death at the hands of police, which will aid in developing solutions. As the days tick forward the installation grows as participants add new names and details of each death to the piece.
women's underwear, girl's underwear, beer, dirt, glass, blood, tears, grass, twine, wood, metal
One in Five of Us is a hanging installation that represents the statistic that 1 in 5 American women will be raped in her lifetime. Fifty pair of women and girls' underwear hang from the ceiling. Forty of which are untouched, the other 10 are stained, torn, shredded, and otherwise destroyed to represent the trauma of rape experienced by this subset of women.
wood, gasoline, glass, paint; dimensions variable; 2016
Our Future Past is a performance centered around the divisiveness and destruction of our communities due to police violence. This project uses violence and destructive means to break down the barriers that divide the activists and community members from the police officers patrolling their neighborhoods. By revoking the purpose of a barricade this project considers a future where police barricades are rendered useless and are only relics of a violent past hanging in museums to educate our children.
inmate jumpsuits, ink; 60" x 30"; 2014
Autoincarceration was a month long performance protest in 2014 to engage the public around the issues of mass incarceration. Through conversations, research, and experiences; markings, text, and drawings made their way onto one of 7 standard issue inmate jumpsuits that I wore continuously for 30 days.
Define Progress is an ongoing project highlighting issues around the gentrification, corporatization, and displacement of our communities. This custom barricade tape is used to call attention to recently closed small businesses, residential buildings that are being emptied to become luxury rentals, and community spaces being gobbled up by "progress".
A collection of my commissioned murals for the public
found toilet seats, fishing wire, paint; 15' x 12' x 8'; 2014
After discovering an abandoned hotel riff with materials BAMN & I created installations to reflect upon the wastefulness of hyper capitalism and the evaporation of small businesses in the shadow of 3 major hotel chains.
SHATTERING is a participatory performance where individual destroy fragile items in a private space. It explores the fear of untapped anger and the freedom of release. This project highlights the beauty of being present and the euphoria of letting go. After the performance the shards are sorted, some discarded some used to create works. SHATTERING is a reflection on our broken governmental and social systems. It asks us as a society to take what functions to create something new and discard the useless.
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Once confined ideas surrounded by mazes of infinite means of confusion have evolved into deconstructed, twisted, subtractive images.
I can neither confirm nor deny I had a hand in any of this
#checkyourselfie was an online participatory performance in which I asked people to use the selfie to highlight issues instead of using it for vanity. With over 200 submissions issues ranged from human trafficking, environmental destruction, to self love. Each one of my works seen here discusses the self in relation to surroundings and our understanding of the importance of our environment and those within it.