RESIST captures the day after the Women’s March in Washington D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial. The same location of President Trump’s Inaugural Concert where remnants of scaffolding slowly dismantles similar to our democracy. Mimicking President Abraham Lincoln statue’s point of view with closed clenched left fist, the video slightly tilts indicating a sense of unbalance, unease, strength, and direction. As the U.S. Capital peers behind the Washington Monument, audio from the Women’s March weaves voices from today and the past. The audio chronicles the movement arriving at Trump International Hotel and ending with a baby’s cries amongst chants of “We won’t go away, welcome to your first day.” Donald Trump symbolically used two bibles for the oath of office including President Lincoln’s and one a gift from his mother. Resist questions how philosophy, politics, and power distorts history’s truth.
PRAY documents the “blood moon” in California and how light scatters off of air molecules creating its intense color. The sounds are from the Lingyin Buddhist temple in Hangzhou, China. Visitors toss coins on top a small prayer structure for good luck outside of the Hall of Master Ji Gong. The audio was transcribed into English upon returning to the United States. The transcendent memory become altered and reinforced: some notions confirmed while others displaced.
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My art investigates diverse cultures and relationships between manmade and natural environments. Fascinated by flight or disorientation and its patterns, I merge together disparate events and experiences to create new narratives. FALL documents the movement of Yosemite Falls. The sounds are from a Native American Art auction in San Francisco. The audio features the sale of an Apache tray and Plateau beaded bags that mimic the patterns of Yosemite’s environment. I question the commercialization and speculative appreciation of objects from America’s original residents. With the recent centennial of The Organic Act of 1916 and as remnants become bid and sold on, the National Park enjoyment and protection debate must include its original history.
RITUAL highlights the largest estuary on the West Coast: the diverse bird migration in the San Francisco Bay Area. The audio is the Bells of Marquis Su of Jin from 850 B.C. at the Shanghai Museum in China. Sitting on the floor, I recorded its ancient song and text. The artwork explores flight patterns through instinct and historical sound vibrations.
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TRANSIT documents the clouds above the San Francisco Bay and the sounds of Los Angeles International Airport. The artwork researches detachment, displacement, and the definition of home.
HOME documents The War at Home performance, a historical story written by Michele Wells investigating racial discrimination. The play explores the murder of Jesse Thornton in Luverne, Alabama in 1940. The worn flags hang above the Orientation Center for the Blind in El Cerrito, CA.