This most recent body of work was begun during my 2018-2019 residency at Lawndale Art Center. All of the collaged works on paper and the stop-motion animations were made from cutting and repurposing my old silkscreen prints. The animations will be used in a performance art piece that is currently in development.
Ouroboros (For Kekulé) (2019) invites viewers to participate in the absurd action of trying to control the speed of infinity by riding a stationary bike that faces a projected animation. The speed of the participant’s pedaling controls the speed of the animation’s playback, which depicts an ouroboros of interlocking plastic containers. It is named for the scientist who discovered how to visually represent benzene, a component of plastics, while supposedly daydreaming of the mythical snake eating its own tail.
A Flood of Feelings (2019) is an edition of 60 hand-pulled silkscreen and relief prints on found reproductions of Jan Breughel the Elder’s 17th century painting of animals entering Noah’s ark. The silkscreened text comes from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock, which considers climate change in its calculation. The pink “reaction words” were chosen by exhibition visitors in a participatory printing process. Half of the sale price of these prints was/will be donated to Houston-based Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services.
These works were featured in citysinging, the residents’ culminating exhibition curated by Laura August, which opened in June 2019. Laura wrote an excellent essay for our catalog, available at Lawndale.