I make artwork about things we cannot see. I work with objects and materials that have been kept in private spaces, obscured by their surroundings, or exist below the level of human perception. My installations create a way for viewers to perceive these things by using text and familiar objects that interact with the surrounding architecture, revealing new spaces in familiar environments. Viewers are prompted to rely on their perceptual abilities, becoming acutely aware of their body’s location in space as they gauge their relationship to things they cannot readily see. These experiences provide a tangible way to explore the central concerns in my work: the way the built environment mediates our experience of space, our agency to affect the spaces around us, and how these things reflect our relationship to large social structures.
I often use objects that I borrow from participants in the community where an exhibition takes place, or that already exist within the gallery. Along with the text that typically accompanies my installations, this strategy establishes a direct relationship between the viewer and the subject matter, and emphasizes their physical presence as a critical part of the work’s existence. In Liquid State, the installation consisted of a few borrowed objects and a text guide that exposed subtle changes occurring in the gallery’s environment. Calling attention to things like gathering dust, deteriorating infrastructure, and changes in temperature, the guide emphasized the viewer’s role in these phenomena and encouraged them to become observers of their own impact on the gallery. An accompanying essay explored the way a person’s presence can act as a buttress or a destabilizing force in its environment, suggesting that any structure that appears solid, whether it is a literal wall or a commonly held belief, is subject to human agency.
In Liquid State, as in all my work, viewers experience an immediate change in their sense of space and their relationship to their surroundings. With deeper engagement, this sensation becomes an entry point to reflect on the social structures like institutions or value systems, that are at play in the space. Drawing out the overlooked and making the unseen manifest, my work gives viewers an opportunity to more fully perceive their environment and their ability to affect it.