My practice intersects identity, ecology, and publics. I’m fascinated by the duplicity of identity formation and how artifice is used to sustain structural forms of power. We are beginning to see instances of these power structures unraveling by various movements for more inclusivity on issues surrounding race, economics, identity and gender equality to name a few. However, there are equal campaigns to resist change that involve disseminating false information, relying on creationist mythologies, and dismissing testimonials of how minority cultures are negatively impacted by a dominant culture. By initially researching the contamination of color production in Ashland Massachusetts, I uncovered the complicity of various forms of white hegemony revealed by men saying that the contamination was ‘all in our heads’. Turns out it was in the ground, the water, our faucets, and our bodies too.
As important as it is to raise awareness of issues of inequity, it’s equally crucial to give an audience a way forward, an aspirational vision that can help them to project a new version of self and how to become an active citizen, not only locally but globally. I’d like to see a radical political shift towards a cosmopolitanism- not the superficial definition of an aloof, rich, urban elite but it’s true definition; a citizen of the world who is not burdened by local, national, and provincial bias. I’d like to see a flattening of capital and an opening up of opportunities across race, gender, and social status. We should be revaluing labor, Native American cultures, indigenous knowledge of ecology, and naturalistic forms of timekeeping amongst others. My aim is to use Art to disrupt power structures so a more just, equitable, healthy, and beautiful world can emerge.
Additionally, I have worked for years at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (GSD) as the Director of Exhibitions. To see some of the amazing projects I've had the pleasure of working on over the years, visit http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/exhibitions/