Each piece I make is an invitation to perceive space in a new way and gain perspective on the hierarchies that shape the built environment. Using text and familiar objects, which function like props, my installations prompt viewers to reconsider accepted spatial boundaries: A water fountain becomes connected to a nearby lake that serves as the city’s reservoir, or a gallery in a skyscraper is linked to a hill that shares its same elevation. Places that seemed disparate become connected and viewers become acutely aware of their own physical presence in their environment. This embodied experience is the artwork. Combining elements of performance and conceptual sculpture, it is work that is about space, yet has minimal visual presence. It is work that is felt, rather than seen.
The objective of these experiences is to reveal the social hierarchies that are reproduced in the built environment. For example, The Air You Displace When You Walk Into a Room concretizes the body’s impact on its surroundings as a way of referencing the other, less visible, forces (like authority, privilege, or social capital) that shape the spaces humans inhabit.
These pieces leave viewers in a new state of heightened awareness, both physical and cognitive. The space around them takes on a new sense of permeability and they become conscious of their role and agency in the immediate social hierarchy.