an invitation to sit, 2022
VisArts, Rockville, MD
The seating installation, "an invitation to sit" is a carefully crafted accompaniment to Emilia Beatriz's a forecast, a haunting, a crossing, a visitation (2019) video installation, exhibited as part of the larger exhibition "In Dispersion." The bench, and floor cushions are designed to hold viewers comfortably while they experience the thought-provoking video exploring the history of land, colonization, and the Puerto Rican diaspora. The seating installation is a physical manifestation of the emotional journey viewers embark on as they navigate the visual landscape and stories presented in Beatriz's work.
The Cloud Watching Series, 2022
Disillusioned by the pressures of a market-based art world and a culture of constant hustle and production, I embraced cloud watching as a defiant act of leisure in rejection of the overbearing social expectations to “achieve, compete, excel, and succeed.” Influenced by my return to watching children’s animation from my childhood, the colorful patterns are a visual connection to memories of joy, discovery, and fulfillment not attached to production or monetary worth. These quilts are objects that function as part of a personal rite of spiritual grounding. They promote a contentment with “being” in response to the pressures of “needing to become.”
Walk This Way, 2022
This unique nature walk expands notions of place, movement and the relationship between humans and nature. Walking along Kingsley Trail in Little Bennett Regional Park, participants take on the role of “performer” as they encounter park signs with written prompts for actions or hypothetical questions to engage with. These posted prompts facilitate intentional interaction between the participant, trees, stream and sky highlighted throughout the trail.
View more photos from the trail here.
A collection of movements presented as live sculptures between two people who spent nine months apart during the COVID-19 Pandemic.