Spiral Dance (Maypole/El Sebucan)


Hanging rotating sculpture.Hand molded ceramic maypole + 5 dancing characters,spray paint, fabrics, used wigs, artificial flowers, l.e.ds, fake fur, peruvian butterflies, plastic butterflies...


May Pole/ El Sebucan


El Sebucán is a traditional Venezuelan dance in which dancers perform circle dances around a tall pole with colorful ribbons attached. The dancers intertwine their ribbons either in a web around the pole or to plait it to the pole, itself. Although rarely mentioned back home, this tradition is an appropriation of Germanic pagan fertility rituals that have been rearticulated by very different cultures to formulate new ways of engaging with the world. In America, Radical Faeries have borrowed this maypole ritual (Beltane) reconnecting it back to its pagan roots, the regenerative power of degradation and the cult to mother earth.


Gay Spirituality is not singular, but plural, and suggests a loose cluster of beliefs.


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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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