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But what does it mean
to be a safe space for another human being, to
not have an agenda
in sharing time with each other?

 
 
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A point.

A metaphysical sentience permeates, through and by the senses. Smell activates a heightened awareness of space. A very subtle color shift attunes one to the space, where the walls end, where nothing begins again. Each bead occupies the space of a finger. All fingers pinched where hands hold, together in separateness and sameness. The r e a l world and the real world behind appearances whispers:

 
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"Being Free Together" ruminates on a lecture by Ram Dass that shares the same name. Translating this ephemeral teaching into four works that circumambulate around themes of cleansing, release and ritual, the installation becomes hyper aware - holding space for the interconnectedness of all things.

If a thing has no name is it real?

Although all works are formally different, they express themselves, operating from the same center.

 
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Prolong not the past Invite not the future Don’t alter your innate wakefulness Do not fear appearances
 
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Being Free Together, 2016

1. Bisqued red clay soaked in the contents of human sweat: salt, water, urea, potassium, calcium, magnesium, hyaluronic acid, in addition to rosewater, coconut oil, lotus essential oil, vetiver essential oil, and a fishing lure

2. plastic spray bottle, 3.5 ounces of quartz infused rosewater spritzed on the window seven times daily for the duration of the exhibition

3. Ceramic goddess figurine, moss, water, takeaway container

4. “Painter’s White” latex enamel, vinyl wall text*

*Excerpt from "Being Free Together" Ram Dass lecture, August 1994