2018, Birch bark, acrylic painted branches, leaves and pinecones; construction paper, pencil and chalk pastel
This multimedia piece was made during a residency with Arts Letters and Numbers in September of 2018 and uses found objects from the surrounding natural environment. Inspired by my time spent walking in the woods, I began collecting different kinds of branches, leaves and bark and bringing them into the studio to create my own environment with these objects.
This environment became a space for my body to sense intimately in every possible way: I used my eyes to paint the branches earthy reds, I inhaled the birch bark as it gradually decomposed, and I listened to the dry leaves crunch under my body. I moved through the space and made contact with the ground and with the walls as I began to trace my body directly upon large sheets of construction paper in different poses and gesticulations. I then hung the paper on the adjacent wall to serve as documentation.
Additionally I began to film myself doing these exercises and then projected the videos onto the installation to give the piece more depth, which served as means of entry for the onlooker. I noticed that the other artists at Arts Letters and Numbers began to transform from being spectators to more active participants in the environment, as they would lay down on the ground to watch the video projections.