Installation view, wall papers and sculpture as seen from the staircase. Zaha Hadid’s iconic shifting planes were such a huge part of this installation. Something about the design of the @cincycac made it very hard to tell how large the spaces were. When I was planning The Canyon, I would look at this space one moment and think it was monumental, but the next moment it would appear downright diminutive. I began to think this shifting spatial quality was part of the unique genius of @zahahadidarchitects.
Interview about my works on paper show in Shanghai linked in my bio today. @magdagallery
The Mamma in her wilds. Paste up in City Park, New Orleans. Pic by @bookofmathoo
Installation view, @cincycac. This portrait which celebrates motherhood in all its fullness and nurturing is often, in installations, placed in relationship with portraits that depict other aspects of life, such as death and grieving as well as dislocation and abuse. From the beginning this portrait has been an antidote to suffering. She holds a place in the world like a dam wall that holds the floodwaters of despair by being in intimate contact with them. In The Canyon installation she is the gatekeeper for a sculpture called The Medea. Through The Medea I explored themes of fear, namely repressed fears of being killed by one’s mother. It was an intensely difficult piece to create, but this mother portrait stood at the entrance to it, telling the story of another kind of mothering, and holding a space that was safe enough for me to explore my own darkness.
Happy birthday @mashondatifrere ~ thank you for your grace and for being such an ally on this creative journey. Onward!
Back side view, miniature installation under glass cloche. Mixed media, wood, silk screened mylar, paint, and cut paper.
Still from Frederic King’s documentary “Fearless” which he created to accompany The Canyon installation. It will be online for as long as the show is up, so only till Feb 25th! Watch it while you can! Link’s in my bio. (This shot is by Paul Poet, excerpted from the film Empire Me which includes a segment on the Swimming Cities rafts in Venice.)
So I have this thing that I’ve worn 365 days a year for the last 10 years. It’s a belt that’s also my brain. “I’d lose my head it it wasn’t screwed on” is the story of my life and so I’ve opted to keep most necessary objects (wallet keys phone olfa knife etc) screwed on too. People often ask, what’s with the belt? Well, my friend @fabrichorse made it, and the @cincycac even made a little video about it which is linked in my bio today.
On this day 8 years ago, the incredible, beautiful, resilient country of Haiti was hit by an earthquake. This earthquake was particularly devastating for Haiti as a result of a long history of challenges that the world has thrown at her, beginning with the French building a colony of enslavement, and continuing with the international embargoes placed on Haiti as punishment for winning it’s independence. The struggle continues to this day in form of challenges as simple as the astronomical price of safe, good quality building materials. When I arrived in Haiti after the earthquake, the thing that surprised me the most was how gorgeous it is. I was blown away by what a wonderful place Haiti is, and by how little I had understood that before. Because we don’t learn about how incredible Haiti is in our media. When yesterday our lolhole President (excuse my French), made some disparaging remarks about countries including Haiti, I knew that this attitude is merely a symptom of a cultural ignorance that we as Americans have about places in the world whose problems we have contributed to. Today I’m reminded of the way the stories we tell about Haiti fail to show its strengths. Today I want to celebrate the natural richness of Haiti, and the creative joyful brilliance of the Haitian people. Ayiti Cheri You are beautiful. (Photo of Club Obzevatwa, Cormier Haiti, shot by Bryan Welch).
Opens tomorrow in Los Angeles. Love the work these guys have been doing the past few years, and super proud to be a part of it. Lots of events are being organized in conjunction with the show, so if you’re in the area, go check it out. @intoactionus
Installation detail, Family Feeding Pigeons, painted linoleum block print on mylar, suspended in front of walls made from scraps of the Swimming Cities of Serenissima rafts, and other found and painted objects. @cincycac