PASSING: A 12 MONTH RESPONSE / 09.2009-09.2010 / INTERNATIONAL

2009 DEC 5 / EXPERIMENTAL MOVING IMAGE AND AUDIO INSTALLATION / THE ARENA-OXFORD BROOKES / 07:05 MINS

+ 2010 / ENCOUNTERS / INTERVENTION / WITH LOST JOURNEYS / PALMS / FRIEZE ART FAIR

Can memories of the deceased captured by technologies like text messaging and Facebook trap us in our grieving or can we use them to help us confront the confusing paradox of attachment to those who are no longer present in our lives? How does one make the medium of film malleable? By integrating a myriad of technologies in a stark environment with a presentation that literally asks the viewers to ‘back into a corner’ to see the work, these questions are explored and embodied. Unmasked moments near the beginning and end, a filmed sequence of events, movement in static images, and muffled sounds (intercoms, nurses, laughter, music, talking) evoke a sense of losing control in a situation where one has none. An awkward invitation to explore personal grief without sentimentality makes possible a surprising side effect: strangers come together, creating a corner of heat.

2009 PAPER / TRANSFORMATIVE PROCESS & GESTURE / CULTIS LAKE, CANADA

Hair on a person’s head is beautiful. Hair unattached to the head is not. Birth is beautiful. Dying is not. Why? What endures after physical death? How can loved ones carry the deceased forward? In a personal ceremony, ‘dead and ugly’ materials: a mother’s hair, dried up condolence flowers, and paper pulp, are placed around a Canadian lake and transformed into grieving tools of beauty and functionality. Paper is warmed by the hands and hearts of loved ones in the presence of Mother Nature and a mother’s spirit. Messages are written and left to dissolve into the environment.

2009-2010 FOUND JOURNEYS / INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION / STILL IMAGE + MOVING IMAGE / ONGOING

A collaboration with Jaimes Baker, Steven Baker, John Stott, Kelly Frink, Jesse Sanerud, Pat Piggot, and Zach Browman, Still Image + Moving Image was born of a decision to spread my mother’s ashes around the world with the help of traveling family and friends. Personal in impact, but social in effort, each journey takes the living and the deceased to places where neither could go without the other. One such journey can be found at http://www.kunst-am-gau.de/lostjourneys/?p=2431. Click on ‘found journeys’ and then ‘Penelope in Kyoto.’

2010 SEPTEMBER 17TH

The closing gesture in a year-long series of projects and processes through which I attempted to understand and respond to my mother’s death, September 17th was a day of motion and creation based on the idea that one has to look inward to act outwardly and see outside oneself to transform inside. Friends gathered by the Thames River and members of the public were invited to join in creating beads and other forms from a lump of clay placed on a bamboo mat. A contact improvisational dancer and friend moved amongst strangers, welcoming people into our public/private space, where clay and simple actions became catalysts for dialogue. We passed through the city of London carrying a vessel of beads, dancing and placing our clay forms in new areas. September 17th was made possible by collaboration with Troy Allen Gordon, Angela Nielsen, Espirito Santo Mauricio, Craner, and passersby.