Part 1: in the beginning, flowers and weeds were collected
Part 2: A flower ritual to close ~ water is free from the birth and death of a wave
A Wave is Water (Part 1) was a site specific installation at New Capital Projects in Chicago, IL. Its' foundations began with the book "No Death, No Fear" by Thich Nhat Hanh. With raw space and storm water below, I began to work in union with the surroundings - activating the space with objects found within and around the existing environment, and with those collected from my daily life.
An IV bag was placed in a hollowed out space in the wall, its' line connecting below the floor. Its' drip made contact with the storm water beneath our feet - no sight, only sound to signify. A text piece was written as an index: "water is free from the birth and death of a wave". A call and response between me and the teacher, the reader and the writer, a back and forth motion.
The works lived, died, and continued manifesting into other forms of being.
(Part 2) A small gathering of ten, a bell ceremony, tears, citrus eaten, and a flower release ritual closed the show and the gallery space. say goodbye to begin again.
A Wave is Water (Part 1), 2017
1. "But still the light shines in muddied" - Sesame oil, Aztec healing clay and activated charcoal on glass window.
2. Plastic sheet, water, chain, white calla lily, porcelain shell, polymer, activated charcoal, glass bowl, schisandra tea, black calla lily cut.
3. Found gate, gauze, plaster, red clay slip, latex, foundation and pigments.
4. Flowers and weeds collected from outside the gallery placed in between steel spikes, a void in the wall.
5. "It's always so heavy and I'm tired" - Hardware, wire hanger, latex, foundation, pigments, still water -purified.
6. Hardware, black calla lily.
7. Hardware, vinyl, curtains.