Open studio/ presentation of photo-performative residency work
MASS MoCa Assets for Artists, December 19th, 2016.
At the open studios, I presented my work process and photos, and discussed why I often chose objects of no or low value – objects that are mass-produced, ubiquitous and easily replaceable. The objects I work with come from the local Goodwill and area thrift stores. Mass-produced objects literally surround us all the time. They seem innocuous and are taken for granted until we change the way they are framed. These materials appear to me as form, as well as props to work with, and as non-human actants. By changing the context in which these objects are found and by co-joining them to my body, I create different roles for them in our perception.
I select materials because they signal certain behaviours such as our capacity to own something, to possess an object as if a part of ourselves, to accumulate, to collect, to buy, to place value on an object, to remember, to loose, to give, to grown, and to absorb objects into self-identity.
Through my work process I am playing with the social life of things and through these address the material culture that surrounds us.