This installation was created for the 10th Annual Fields Project in Oregon, Illinois, in celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. I based the design on a photograph of Lincoln when he worked as a lawyer in Chicago. The purpose of the program was to bring artists together with the local community in arts projects and demonstrations.
The design was marked by a team of local volunteers and was cut in tall grass with a tractor. The piece took two days to complete and covered over seven acres. To view, groups of visitors flew over in small chartered planes.
THE BORDER PROPOSAL
cast concrete, plastic
This piece was installed at the International Peace Park on the border of the United States and Canada in the northwest corner of Washington. The work was eighteen feet in length and fifteen inches tall; it was installed over the course of three days.
The planned building of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico seems an archaic, expensive and exclusionary solution to the immigration issues facing the U.S. in the 21st century. Through this humorously scaled model, complete with a solid concrete wall and guards at attention, viewers could participate in this failed diplomacy: they could walk right over it.
G. I. JOHN SERIES
The G.I. JOHN series of sculptures and installations depicts an intrepid army of one. These life-size cast neoprene action figures promote anti-terrorism initiatives and defend core American values. This elite commando force has been deployed to numerous domestic targets: national landmarks, state parks, universities, office spaces, parking lots and living rooms. Dedicated to the defense of American citizens in these volatile locations, G.I. JOHN is here.
This series was in response to the notion of “us” versus “them.” “Us” obviously playing the role of the good and godly defenders of freedom at home and abroad, and “them” serving as “the other” or “evildoer.” I cast myself in the role of our fearless hero, embellishing my physique in synthetic material. Our villain is never apparent but lurks somewhere in the periphery. These works existed as both sculptures and installations.
I am interested in the ways that the religious practice their faith through acts of endurance (fasting, dancing for excessive periods, walking for great lengths). For this piece, I stood alone in one spot on the roof of the art building for twenty-four hours without food or water. Due to fatigue and dehydration, I experienced hallucinations of burning trees, faces in inanimate objects, and animals that did not exist. The performance was recorded and exhibited for a month-long installation. A six-minute version and a twenty four hour (real-time) version were on display for viewers.
I am interested in the effects of feats of endurance on the body. For this performance part of this project, I jumped into a pool one hundred times in quick succession. The repeated motion, in combination with the water, caused fatigue, disorientation and confusion. For the installation the viewer sees and hears the repetitive, explosive splashes on a large screen. It is an abstract-expressionist piece; each splash image reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock painting.
walking in leaves
I walked in a spiral repeatedly at the location where paths met.
walking in snow
In two feet of snow I walked 100 laps to create each circle. After completing each circle I experienced a hallucination resulting from dizziness: the snow path I created appeared to move like a river.
Over three days I collected sticks from the forest floor and reorganized them into a geometric shape in Madeline Bertrand Park in Niles, Michigan.
walking in mud
I walked one thousand laps in a tight oval to create this path. I was interested in creating a sense of disorientation through engaging in a repetitive act.