biting dust questions how space and place act directly upon an individual and collective memory, psychology, and emotions. This installation considers the artifact as both a site of construction and a ruin. Exploring the ritual that can be found within everyday mundane habits, I posit how ritual acts as metaphor, and work to locate knowledge within actions of repetitive meditation.
Addressing concepts of ephemerality, liminal space, and how abandoned materiality is unduly treated as cast off dead weight are central within my practice. Seeking to subvert this latter notion through a process of asking for detritus/waste-matter (lint) from close relationships over the past year, thereby changes the nature of this often disregarded material, comprised of fabric threads, hair, and sloughed off skin cells in past intimate contact with body, by this simple act of sharing. I seek to practice this performance of rescue with often forgotten materials. This material in particular includes offerings from several people and animals that are now deceased, and functions as memento mori. Shaping this material into terrains across the gallery, the work makes the invisible, visible – a monument to the unnoticed cycles of regeneration.
Collection of lint from intimate relationships spanning 12 months, dust, mirror, voile.
Orbits and Occults: it won’t be the end of things, curated by Amy Ash, Gerald Moore Gallery, London, UK, March-June 2015 (upcoming)
Ruins, curated by Alexis Dirks, BMO Gallery Space – Centresquare, Yellowknife, NT, December 2014
You are a void, a gift.
And I practice this performance of rescue.
I construct you,
you make me.
You refer to me.
And I, to you.
I am two bodies.
I have come to take your duality