Duration: 4:08, Date: 2019
While doing research in Costa Rica I came across a tree known as the walking tree. Locals gave it this name because the tree can actually use its stilt-like legs to move towards sunlight. My initial reaction was to create a video performance of myself walking around the tree barefoot in order to highlight this unique characteristic. This barefoot element was especially important since I had been working in the dangerous jungle for a number of weeks, having to constantly think about deadly animals and plants with every step I took. I would also think about how extreme it must have been thousands of years ago to live and survive in a place like this, without the luxury of the protective gear I was wearing. This video brings these thoughts together in a ritualistic performance exploring my distant connection to nature.
Barefoot & The Walking Tree
Duration: 2:38, Date: 2017
This video was created in collaboration with the writer Jared Duran. The first part of the collaboration consisted of Jared doing a studio visit with me to learn about my artistic process. The next part of the collaboration was for him to write something in response to my work. He wrote me a poem about a dream he had where David Lynch was a shamanic figure guiding him through endless rows of palm trees. Towards the end of this dream, David Lynch helps Jared realize that the palm trees are just aesthetically beautiful objects contributing to the superficial ideal of the American Dream and paradise. After this realization, the dream ends with David Lynch showing Jared that he and everyone else around him in the city are also very similar to these palm trees. This video explores these metaphors of the palm tree, along with its symbolism in Western culture.
A critique of the institutionalization of art
through a synthesis of Marina Abramovic's
"An Artist's Life Manifesto"