Saturday, September 24, 2011

Observed on December 25

I began this project just after Christmas this past year. In thinking about gift giving and the stress and frustration that comes with a holiday where, for many, gift giving has become a requirement. I decided to opt out..not to opt out entirely, but to reject the pressure placed on this single day of the year. Christmas means something different to everyone… For many though, the holiday becomes about buying. Money is tight and time moves quickly. I still wanted to take the time to give to those around me, but I wanted to actually take time to do it. I wanted to focus on the individual.  I formulated a list with names and gift ideas that is constantly in flux. Every time I can, I get something from this list and give the belated Christmas gift.

Unfortunately this is where this project ended.

Friday, December 31, 2010

End of semester review: Fall 2010


She tells you this...

My piece at GraceSpace was based around a small book that I wrote about myself, my family, and my artwork told from the perspective of my mother. The book begins with the text ‘The artist’s mother approaches you in the gallery, she tells you this…’ Multiple copies were left available for people to take on a table as they explored the space. Speakers placed on the table played a looping telephone conversation between my mother and I.

In this piece I am investigating my relationship to my mother. The parents of artists are the creators of those creating. A week ago at an opening reception, my mother approached one of my colleagues and spoke to him for over an hour about her life and my own. Reflecting on my mother’s storytelling, I attempt to draw a connection from the way in which families influence the formation of our personalities and our decisions to the development of an artistic practice.


Performance event at Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn.

Sarah Hill

Daniel Cevallos

Heidi Reynolds


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Grace Exhibition Space

Friends of mine from SMFA and I will be showing performance work here on Friday!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Its difficult to read lately.

Use everything.

...for Jahna Jabbour.

...and from Jahna Jabbour...



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

House Blend

An introduction of one social circle to another. Performance Projects, meet Atomic coffee and the people who drink it. 

Each cup corresponds to a different regular at the Atomic Cafe in Beverly, MA, where I work.The employee-customer interactions experienced here are unlike those of any other relationship I have had. These cups contain a name, the food or drink  most commonly purchased, and my own anecdotal observations of this person. While my relationships with these individuals vary, they are all situated in a gray area between stranger and friend.

Art is my career. This is my day job. This work exists in the space between.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I filled my sketchbook.

Fear. Failure. Relationship failure. Art failure. Words to define:  relationship, dialogue, conversation, communication, romance. Observation. Things silently noticed. Male/female relationship.Cliché becomes sincere. Using modes of performance and installation to explore ideas of domesticity, comfort, anxiety, and personal relationships, I engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue investigating the space where art and daily experience intersect. Gift giving-art metaphor.The gift. Reciprocity. Traveling generosity. Gift = Bond. Value. Emotional price. Honesty. Gray area = everyday life.Thank you notes: Generosity and gift giving. Inclination to give as a gift. Last year I ended something, took something away that my peers weren’t even aware of, pointing out my own disconnection? Collective disconnection? This time I wanted to really look into the individuals surrounding me as well as my art practice. I wanted to thank them for things that I genuinely appreciate. For it is through our interactions that conversations, relationships, and art is formed. Thinking about the formality of thank you notes, I look back at my feud with my mother over writing thank you notes after my high school graduation party. Thanking people for gifts or money , generally they all say the same thing. I wanted to actually thank people and tell them why their contribution was important to me and it was taking too long. That is what I wanted to do here with the people in this class. Public interventions. Personal history in objects. Looking more closely. What is wrong with attempting to relate to another person? What is too personal for you? “The power of reality is stronger than imagination.” I am interested in the moments where life gets in the way of artmaking. “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.”  -Joseph Stalin. Poetry/prose created in real life. Romance –Idealized, irrational. Post interactive observations. Subjectivity. Semantics. Banality of self. “The local drives the meaning.” Relativism.

Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition

Packing up the work!

Is this getting too personal? I dont know.