This site-specific installation is currently on view on Governor’s Island where I am in residence. Tidewrack is part of the Castaway’s exhibit in an abandoned house on Colonel’s Row.
Tidewrack is the mixture of seaweed and synthetic materials deposited along the shore by a receding tideline where it remains until the next wave. This creative tangle may survive — churned and changed — or be decimated and swept out to sea. The tidewrack is temporary, collaboratory and evolving. In this work marine vegetation combines with queer signifiers: the safe water markers. I made this installation while contemplating what it’s like to create and hold space together in celebration while simultaneously holding anxiety for the next displacement.
I began this experiment with salt water, eyelashes, glass and synthetic hair while in the emotional aftermath of the Ghostship Fire. This work is inspired by that which brings comfort-seagrass and signifiers of queer femme identity and sexuality. I engage with displacement and create a buoyant space for these elements to move within, age and to form new connections. The changes within the tank are documented and the documentation becomes the final work.
Eyelash Grass was installed as part of "A Dark Rock Surged Upon" curated by Faheem Haider at Garner Arts Center in New York in June 2017. The public was allowed a rare primary experience with the tank and to view the changes during the time the exhibition was installed.
Also pictured: "Panic Room: A Safe Space for Reflection on the Value of Black Lives" by Tiffany Smith.
A Dark Rock Surged Upon, as spectacle, and as an exhibition of works of art installed, projected, and performed throughout GARNER Art Center’s remarkable decommissioned factory spaces, offers no answers; they are responses to contexts that feel jarringly new, cleaved by difference and dissembling. Instead, the works manifest the duty to pose questions about the current moment pressed upon many by racialized and gendered discrimination, our environmental challenges, urban decay and rural devastation, the wholesale assault on political credence, weaponization of worship, and the colonization of speech and mind. A Dark Rock Surged Upon is composed of sculptural, performance, video, photographic, and installation works by Thomas Albrecht, Michael Asbill, Sadee Brathwaite, Stephen Derrickson, Francois Deschamps, Laura Kaufman, Noah Fischer, Matthew Friday, Matt Frieburghaus, Peter Iannarelli, Tlisza Jaurique, Todd Martin, Linda Montano, Emily Puthoff, Rena Leinberger, Ryan Roa, Steve Rossi, Heather Renee Russ, Sigrid Sarda, Zachary Skinner, Tiffany Smith, Molly Stinchfield, Derek Stroup, Anthony Tino, Chris Victor, and Marcus Zilliox.
Flotsam: wreckage from a ship found floating on or washed up by the sea. People or things regarded as worthless.
Jetsam: material or goods that have been thrown overboard from a ship and washed ashore, especially material that has been discarded to lighten the vessel if a ship is endanger of sinking.
Lagan: goods thrown into the sea with a buoy attached so they may be found again.
Derelict: goods that have sunk to the ocean floor with no hopes of reclaiming.