Cenotaph, 2016

"When you look into the eye of a bird and you are standing in front of a million years of history and it’s looking back at you but you can’t comprehend what it’s seeing. You are a witness to it but somehow not a participant of the same world.”

 

I am interested in how objects represent syntax and how disambiguation can actually break down language. I utilize painting, photography, light, projection and sound to create sculpted environments that are lit much like an object that is to be photographed--leaving the mechanical trace of the camera to the viewer’s stance. These multi-material installations aim to transcend materiality by positing the viewer’s faculties (both individual and communal) as syntax, encouraging communication on a perceptual level. My practice is less concerned with the individual materiality of objects, and more with how they link together as tokens within a larger system. I have been interested in the word cenotaph: “an empty tomb or monument erected in honor of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere.” The cenotaph becomes an analogy for the empty space between communication. A radical alterity.

 

Severing the relationship between somatic performance and linguistic aesthetic, i am interested in cognitive disambiguation in the act of transference in both the individual and group.