toe tags, ink, ribbon, metal
... 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.
porcelain, ribbon, metal, plastic, gun lock box
This is Who We Are is a participatory performance reflecting on the effects of gun violence on American children. Offering the participants a single pair of scissors and 40 pairs of porcelain baby shoes hanging from ribbons this work challenges our preconceived notions of societal expectations around complicity and solutions to gun violence. The participants are given no instructions, just offered the scissors after they are removed from a locked gun box while surrounded by the dangling baby shoes.
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
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.
SHATTERING is a participatory performance in which individuals 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 are discarded and 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.
inmate jumpsuits, ink
60" x 30
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.
ink on 156 lb cold pressed watercolor paper
This series reflects on the absurd lengths that American politicians will go to maintain or expand their party's power by gerrymandering congressional districts around the country.
A collection of my commissioned murals for the public
mixed media on wood
Matriots are those who support and defend their planet and all of its people regardless of borders, religion, identity, or nation states with unwavering devotion.
This series celebrates the power and beauty of our diversity by honoring the stories of radical women working to make the world a more accepting and loving place.
Messages of personal and public significance can be found hidden within the lines of this series. These works reflect upon the subliminal messaging of advertising. The hidden statements engage the viewer to look past the noise to find meaning.
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".
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.
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#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.