Work from this series was shown in "Touching the Membrane" at Space Create Gallery in May 2016 alongside works by Raul De Nieves, Ektor Garcia and Keith Aguiar and at Dyeworks Gallery at Garner Arts Center in May 2017 as part of their Social Justice Art Fair.
I started making Body Exaltations and the End of Land in the summer of 2015. This work began as a series of photographs and is about trying to hold space for Queer bodies in celebration while the rare places we occupy are under constant threat from economic/environmental/patriarchal forces. There is a particular grief that is experienced every time an indoor place of Queer gathering shuts down. Outdoor places where one can be in the body are even more rare and Queer Beaches became an important environment for these portraits.
Since I began making this work the elections have happened. The Pulse nightclub shootings happened. The Ghostship fire happened. These events exacerbate the need for these safe spaces to be in the body in celebration as many have been left in a state of panic as bodies and spaces are under greater attack.
I began this experiment with salt water, eyelashes, glass and synthetic hair in the Spring of 2017. This work comes out of the collective mourning from this past year, especially that which results from displacement. Inspired by that which brings comfort-the sea grass found on the beach in Cherry Grove, New York and signifiers of queer femininity and sexuality I create a buoyant space for these elements to move within and to form new connections.
Eyelash Grass Installation June 2017. Part of "A Dark Rock Surged Upon" Curated by Faheem Haider at Garner Arts Center in New York.
Eyelashes, Glass, Salt Water, Cock Ring, Synthetic Hair and Archival Pigment Print on Canvas.
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.
A collaboration with Ciriza, Raul de Nieves, Xara Thustra, Siobhan Aluvalot, Brande Bytheway