walking, a state of being
Place, noun, a particular position or point in space
Disclaimer: no longer confined to one geographic space due to digital capabilities
New York City, NY
I asked two friends who live in D.C. and Illinois to collaborate with me on a movement phrase derived from a photo I took of tourists and commuters on their smartphones in a Times Square subway stop. I chose to create a single piece of movement through virtual collaboration by overlaying the videos to create a pattern of moving bodies. Within the study, I asked the participants to consider meanings of connection as it relates to technology and place.
Washington & Lee Student Housing, Installation + Curation
Fall 2016 - Present
I worked with Washington and Lee University's interior designer and curator to install student artwork into the public spaces in a new housing development on campus. I felt inspired to create a space for dialogue around student art, and the effect it can have on your experience in a living space.
At feet level
Growing up, I was always dancing, always moving. Then and now, it is my natural inclination to express myself through movement. When I go to bed at night, sometimes a stage appears as my eyelids close and people begin to move in patterns through one another– my mind choreographs a dance inspired by the things and people I saw throughout the day. In the same vein, patterns and repetition intrigue me. There is something oddly reassuring and cathartic about the simple repetition of a pattern. What patterns do we make when we walk from home to work or through a grocery store? How do pedestrians packed together like sardines navigate through each other in a crowded street? Merce Cunningham, a world-renown dancer and choreographer once said, “The clearest expression about meaning in movement, for me, is that although we all walk, using the same mechanism and pattern, we all walk differently. We become ourselves in our walk as well as in our speech.” Like Cunningham, I am drawn to the unpredictability of movement. You can’t control how others navigate a space, and there marks my obsession with chance. Beautiful occurrences arise when you have no control. In my projected video, I captured these chance moments of pedestrian movement and juxtaposed them with choreographed dance.
“At feet level” is the combination of my passion for the performative and visual arts. I abstracted moving figures onto canvases and paper, and paired the series with a video projection. I found myself working parallel to Mark Bradford with his use of many different colors and textures, collaged together geometrically. The three main themes of my work are pattern, chance, and movement; throughout the semester, I found many artists who were working with similar themes. I was particularly interested in Tino Seghal and Trisha Brown’s work because of their removal of dance from a traditional environment. They blend the lines between life and dance. My goal with this series is to bring dance into the everyday life or to transform pedestrian movement into dance. Additionally, it was important to me to make dance more accessible to those who would not normally attend a show at a theatre. To me, art is successful when the viewer is actively engaged with the piece by participating in its presentation. Next fall, I hope to push further into this realm of experiential or participatory art, and create a piece that brings the viewer further into the process of creation.