I am particularly interested in how cultural systems implicitly alter, direct, and modify thought perspectives of the individual. Drawn to the manipulation of mass consumer items- combs, mirrors, nylon string, magazine images, synthetic hair, transparency film, nuts and bolts- these items figure prominently in my current work. I appreciate how these everyday objects are valuable transmitters of culture.
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Video Still: Dark Seeds2
(Low Lives / Networked Exhibition of Live Broadcast Performances / August 8th 6-9pm EST)
HAIRPOLITIC: Rhythm & Cues
“This song I’m ‘bout to sang, is called ‘Miss Celie’s Blues’, ‘cause she scratched it out my head when I was ailing.”
I am fascinated by the human ability to create meaning from mundane objects. This impulse continues to drive my work with combs, brushes, picks, mirrors and other modes of hair grooming as a progression of my HAIRPOLITIC series. Beyond the initial notion of beauty as a political concept, I am inspired to create a specific language of meaning based upon the connections I’m discovering between history, consumer technology, design, and culture. To me, these objects are no longer just tools but ‘instruments’ contributing their own message to the cultural landscape. And so, I’ve decided to be literal, and turn these items into percussive ‘instruments’ that echo the rhythmic trends of social acceptability and offer them as a performance piece. Using contact microphones and amplification effects, I am able to transform sculptural objects into rhythmic sound makers.
The text for these performances comes from a comparatively ubiquitous source as well: The Urban Fiction Novel. Hawked on the streets of every American metropolitan city, these pulp narratives range from self-published tales of “ghetto life” to slickly packaged morsels from major publishers. Black Urban Fiction has a distinctive language that I hope to break out of its context by including excerpts filtered through the auto-read function of Adobe Acrobat. By presenting these freestanding paragraphs in automated voices, I believe layers of meaning are revealed that connect to almost poetic, sometimes obscene, often ridiculous modes of interpretation.
SHE'S GOT LEGS (Animation Stills)
VEILS (HAIRPOLITIC Series)
BOBBY PIN MAGAZINES (HAIRPOLITIC Series)
GROOMED (Silkscreen Prints)