Exhibitions

Light the Barricades at the Mint Museum

Charlotte, North Carolina
February 24 – July 25, 2021

Light the Barricades will be on view at the Mint Museum as part of the exhibit Walls: Defend, Divide, and the Divine. Reflect and share your current emotional barriers while contemplating the experiences of others through a growing video installation of handwritten responses in the galleries.

 

Exhibitions

Artwork in Lamont Gallery

Exeter, New Hampshire
January 19 – June 6, 2021

My work is included in the exhibit A Collective Curiosity: Her Voice in the Arts at Lamont Gallery in Exeter, New Hampshire and online through their virtual exhibit.

 

Projects

Light the Barricades Book

Our limited edition Light the Barricades book is a meditation on the psychological barriers in our lives and features hundreds of handwritten reflections from our participatory installation. Available at Ritual Fields.

 

Talks

Talk at Diversity & Inclusion Professionals Annual Awards Luncheon

Providence, Rhode Island (moved online due to the pandemic)
November 17, 2020

Talks

Keynote at American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference

Washington, D.C. (moved online due to the pandemic)
October 29, 2020
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Process

Koans for 2020

I have spent most of this pandemic year working with handwritten responses from past projects that have resonated with me: Fatigue. Existential Dread. Our country is on the edge of disaster. The ability to find peace within chaos. It’s not over and it really isn’t too late. I carved, stamped, painted, waxed, and rubbed them like fleshy koans until my corner of the room started to look unhinged. But they soothed me because it felt like an act of devotion to these writers, to their discomfort and dread, to my own discomfort and dread. It feels reassuring to trace the scribbled aches of strangers like learning how to write a more honest language. These experiments are leading to a new body of work.

 

Inspiration

Public Art + Time

A 1965 sculpture once under a waterfall is now a motif of people scrambling the hell out of TGI Fridays Restaurant. The city goes on. Tuscan Girl Fountain by Oskar Stonorov and Jorio Vivarelli in Philadelphia.

Inspiration

A Ritual for Candor

In a temple in Taiwan, we joined family members and burned ghost money (symbolic paper money) to send prosperity to ancestors. The shared act opened the door to candid conversations about death, grief, and the funerals of loved ones. On the flip side, this ritual is so popular in Taiwan that it contributes to significant air pollution. While an uncle faithfully burned several stacks of “cash,” an aunt suggested we modernize and write one “check.”

Inspiration

This Confusion Is Me As I Am

“But this confusion is me as I am, not as I’d like to be. I’m no longer afraid of telling the truth about what I don’t know, what I’m looking for, what I haven’t found. Only this way do I feel alive.”   – 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini

Talks

Open Studio at Archipelago Artist Residency

Korpo, Finland
January 16, 2020

James and I have spent the past month at Archipelago Artist Residency on the island of Korpo in the Baltic Sea. We developed the Light the Barricades book to everlasting dusks, the sun rising and setting in slow motion. Come watch a video installation of hundreds of handwritten refections and join us in considering the psychological barriers in our lives.

 

Talks

Keynote at American Planning Association Texas Chapter

November 7, 2019
Waco, Texas
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Talks

Talk at CoreNet Global Summit

Anaheim, California
October 21, 2019
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Exhibitions

Confessions in Wonderspaces

Scottsdale, Arizona
October 12, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Confessions will be on view in the exhibit Elsewhere at Wonderspaces in Arizona. Read, reflect, and share in this ritual for catharsis and consolation.

Exhibitions

Before I Die in Oakland Museum of California

Oakland, California
October 12, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Before I Die will be on view in the exhibit No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at Oakland Museum of California. Come visit to reflect together on mortality and what matters most.

 

Projects

First Sketches for Light the Barricades

When the Annenberg Space for Photography invited us to create a public installation as part of their exhibit on the history of walls, we thought about walls both physically and psychologically. Walls that prevent us from connecting with others and ourselves. The wall as a site to contemplate difficult material and even atone. Inspired by many things, from the ancient I Ching to the speculative worlds of cyberpunk to the billboards that dominate our cities, we started sketching images of people gathering before an illuminated wall in the middle of the night. A year later, the installation opens September 5, 2019 across Los Angeles. More here.

Talks

Keynote at School of Visual Arts

New York, New York
May 15, 2019
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Inspiration

A Ritual for Atonement

On a temple floating in the middle of a lake, an old monk writes sutras on the wooden deck with a cat’s tail dipped in ink, and a student is instructed to methodically carve these characters with the same knife he once used in destructive ways. From the film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring directed by Kim Ki-duk.

Exhibitions

Artwork in Historic New Orleans Collection

New Orleans, Louisiana
April 6 – October 6, 2019

Images of my work, including my original Before I Die installation in New Orleans, are on view in the exhibit Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation and Historic New Orleans Collection.