The Island of Man, 2017
       
     
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The Isle of Flowers, 2017
       
     
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The Dead Sea, 2017
       
     
The Sea of Possibilities, 2017
       
     
For the Love of Land, 2017
       
     
Where They Can Easily Float, 2017
       
     
Is Not Human the Very Undoing of Nature? 2017
       
     
Margaridas, Aonde Nascem? 2017
       
     
Untitled, 2017
       
     
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A Free Man Cannot Suffer? 2017
       
     
The Sea of Horses, 2017
       
     
The Motherland, 2017
       
     
My Garden of Earthly Delights, 2017
       
     
When the Flood Comes, 2017
       
     
A Map of Nowhere at All, 2017
       
     
Untitled, 2017
       
     
Land, 2016
       
     
O Areal, 2016
       
     
       
     
The Island of Man, 2017
       
     
The Island of Man, 2017

8.5”x8.5”
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper

 

LAND

Where do we go from here?

I was listening to “Land,” from Patti Smith’s album “Horses” while I rummaged through the basement of the Strand in search of an old book that I could use as a sketchbook. While Patti serendipitously sang the words, “there is no land but the land, no sea, but the sea, there is no keeper of the key…” I came across a 1970 world Atlas. I noticed that some of the territories were different; their names, borders, and political systems had changed since then, yet the land itself remained the same. Why were the forms that delineated each body so abstract and seemingly arbitrary? You could look at the land as a whole, or you could accept the imaginary lines drawn into it. In the midst of such environmental, political, and economical disquiet, how is it that the configuration of these lines, forms, and colors (an exercise of the arts) informed so much of human experience today? These questions helped me create this body of work that looks at the transitory systems that govern the fate of the once-permanent land. 

Poem read at my opening on 08/08/17- I wrote it right before I began working on the show. 

Maps 09/24/16

How to make a map.

My desire is to collect all things that make up the landscape of who I am, and the world I live in today. Territories, peoples and governments are so unstable. We know the planet is round; we explore and exploit the sea, the earth, the sky, the stars, the multiverse, the ever expanding cosmic force. The little we know and little is known of how much we’ve yet to know. My map as a kid was limited to the sounds of my parents whistles in the Areal. Thais and I could play anywhere, as long as we were within the reach of their sound. They would walk to the front wall of the yellow house, past the avocado and saputi trees and they would whistle. I didn’t always know where Thais was, but I knew that like me, she was running home. We sometimes ran into each other along the way.

Change came. Territories were different. Memory became the territory for home. Lines, boundaries being crossed and remade, expanding, contracting, rules of our invasion stamped on our passport pages. Hiding, always hiding, hiding until you forget where you’re from. Hiding in your elementary school class, at the doctor’s office, at your best friend’s 12th birthday party. I was not of this land until a green piece of plastic made it my own.

The map of the world. A shift in care. Similar stories everywhere. Told by veils that sink and shoes that float. We can’t all fit on this boat. How do you swim in oil? On which side of the line is this rock? Once we forged ahead in full speed only to go a bit too far. To make maps when nothing is left, what will we want to own? How do you map space and the stars? Who will own the void? How will we remember home?

Where do we go from here?  

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The Isle of Flowers, 2017
       
     
The Isle of Flowers, 2017

8.5”x8.5”
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Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper
 

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8.5”x8.5”
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper
 

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8.5”x8.5”
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper

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8.5”x8.5”
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper

The Dead Sea, 2017
       
     
The Dead Sea, 2017

8.5”x8.5”
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper

The Sea of Possibilities, 2017
       
     
The Sea of Possibilities, 2017

8.5”x8.5”
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper

For the Love of Land, 2017
       
     
For the Love of Land, 2017

9.75” x 10” 
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper

Where They Can Easily Float, 2017
       
     
Where They Can Easily Float, 2017

9.75” x 10” 
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper

Is Not Human the Very Undoing of Nature? 2017
       
     
Is Not Human the Very Undoing of Nature? 2017

8” x 6”
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper

Margaridas, Aonde Nascem? 2017
       
     
Margaridas, Aonde Nascem? 2017

Roughly 12.5” x 12”
Acrylic and Watercolor on Silk Napkin

Untitled, 2017
       
     
Untitled, 2017

9.75” x 7.5” 
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper

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A Free Man Cannot Suffer? 2017
       
     
A Free Man Cannot Suffer? 2017

16.25” x12”
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper

The Sea of Horses, 2017
       
     
The Sea of Horses, 2017

38.5" x 25.5"
Acrylic, Watercolor, and Oil on Rice Paper

The Motherland, 2017
       
     
The Motherland, 2017

38.5" x 25.5"
Acrylic, Watercolor, and Oil on Rice Paper

My Garden of Earthly Delights, 2017
       
     
My Garden of Earthly Delights, 2017

38.5" x 25.5"
Acrylic, Watercolor, and Oil on Rice Paper

When the Flood Comes, 2017
       
     
When the Flood Comes, 2017

38.5" x 25.5"
Acrylic, Watercolor, and Oil on Rice Paper

A Map of Nowhere at All, 2017
       
     
A Map of Nowhere at All, 2017

27.5” x 19.75”
Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper

Untitled, 2017
       
     
Untitled, 2017

27.5" x 19.75"
Acrylic, watercolor, and eggshells on paper

Land, 2016
       
     
Land, 2016


19.75" x 27.5" 
Acrylic, watercolor, and eggshells on paper

O Areal, 2016
       
     
O Areal, 2016

approx 3.5' x 4.5'
Acrylic and Watercolor on Rice Paper

       
     
LAND- 360º Video Tour

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