10th and Center  Multimedia installation: 

Surveillance camera system and mixed media, waterfall diorama , ceramics, spinning satellite, woodspiral staircase, double headed mask, erected poles, round mirrors, assorted fabrics, mixed media, discomotor



Using the Catholic concept of limbo to parody the general malaise of postmodern spirituality, 10th and Center juxtaposes the sacred and the profane in an installation that examines the quintessential elements of our postmodern condition—the unapologetic cultural appropriation of traditional forms and rituals to create new objects and customs. With icons from world religions and references to a nature-filled paradise, the theme park reveals a false promised land existing within a liminal space that spans both pleasure and torture—a quasi-limbo suggesting dystopia rather than nirvana.

Installation view. Berkeley Art Museum.

24 hour surveillance system (fragment)

06/27/2016 "10th and Center" 15 in x 20 in, Watercolor on paper

Installation close-ups. Berkeley Art Museum.

The Fool's FALL, Ceramic, glitter, acrylic paint, Styrofoam, fake fur, plastic jewels, diorama trees, glitter, leather, soil from Jerusalem, water, latex, indigo-dyed fabric, rose quartz, butterfly, vine (Banisteriopsis caapi), boots

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Archeological survival, 2016 Atlas, acrylic paint on paper, plastic flamingos, moss, feathers, tassel, fake fur, latex; Courtesy of the artist

"The finalist appropriation of women’s bodies in a masculinist orgy of war", 2016; Photo-collage, 25.9 x7.1 in, courtesy of the artist.

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Things that feed my practice: Building ethnographies, time collapsing,scale shifting, memory through drawing and observation, surveillance, hyper reality, fairs, consumption, sites of devotion, fake promises, the past, seasons, birthdays, Christmas, altars, architecture, temples, mathematical systems, mascot costumes, bathhouses, thresholds, faith, belief, food, the Golden Gate Bridge, Disco Music, Folk sensibilities…



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