Opening Reception Aug 20 6-9pm Washington Reid Gallery, Culver City, CA.
Between a Rock and a Soft Place
There is no such thing as being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Life has a way of responding and inevitably, something always gives. It is as if that hard place is secretly a soft one, and at a certain threshold, will give way. And will then make space for something entirely new to emerge. Life wants, unceasingly, to flourish.
This process exists not only in trauma but also in creativity. Artist’s push themselves into a corner, begin to think they are stuck and somehow, miraculously, maybe in a flash of inspiration, discover a portal through the wall or a way to bend they didn’t know was possible. In so doing, they create more room to take their creative process further.
This creative stream flows like a river over a stone – casually and constantly reforming the shape of the stone with every pass. I have worked in the disabled artist’s community for the last 5 years and have witnessed this process again and again. With every evolution, I am inspired. In my own work, I am always in search of finding the way to slide into this creative stream.
Like the work in the gallery, the pieces in the Project Space are about relationship. Over the past few years I have developed a process in which I set up a stage for myself to interact with a series of objects. Some of the objects contain intrinsic personal value while others are found and yet others, constructed. I shoot in both video and photographs a sequence of images in relation to one another as the still-lives evolve. I enter a mind-space of curiosity without judgement. In this space, I am able to explore the objects in relation to one another, often removed from their own story and context. What results are new relationships and new story.
I wanted to include these works alongside those made in the client-artist collaboration as a way to reflect back my own interest in communication, language and the body.