Pillow Talk is an exaggeration of a feminine bedroom. I believe bedrooms can be a sacred space for many. Both solitude and companionship in a bedroom is where creativity and knowledge can spark. Within this world lay pillows with real conversations from identifying women who kindly contributed dialogue with friends and family members as well as content from social media, literature, and diaries. I reached out to many people whose perspectives further informed me of the different worlds within feminism. I approached the pillows as collaborations, but they function as a curated collection of excerpts from social media and conversations with friends and acquaintances. It was challenging to remain inclusive as while not over-stepping the boundaries of other voices. Reaching out to women from other worlds has been the heart of this project. The pillows and Warp TV represent the vastness of feminine identity through my own experiences.
Giving an artist talk to a critique class from the University Minnesota before the opening! A real honor to discuss Pillow Talk and the vastness of how every human perceives and does or doesn't identify with femininity.
February 3rd- March 5th, 2017, Minneapolis, MN
The Warp is a smash collage of various clips from TV shows, movies and other video archives with insertions of real recordings. This project has been a massive exploration in my trying to understand the realms of femininity. What a loaded word! As viewers, I hope you absorb the environment, read pillows, watch The Warp, paint your nails, and gage the complexity of femininity.
SOFT at Coming Soon, Minneapolis, MN, May 2016
Group show featuring soft sculptures that embody the installations of Nailah Taman, Sophie Durbin, and I's work. <3 A powerful group of women with soft things and thoughts to share.
Pictured is my photo booth installation, Trying.
1. difficult or annoying; hard to endure.
Trying installation embodies the human experience of merely trying. Heck we are all trying, we all know how hard and sometimes scary it is to simply try something new or go back to something old! It could be trying to make your dreams come true, to challenging your taste buds to a new dish! No matter what you are trying, it will leave an exhilarating sensation in that brain of yours.
You try this experience and maybe fail
So you sail…
And go elsewhere!
This is what the blob warrior believes. She is cemented to the photo booth cut out, but her spirit lives all over. She is inside of you. She will help you achieve what you are trying for! She’s everyone’s motivational star. Step behind the photo booth to advance what you are trying for, and then get a massage by her friend, Fat to meditate on it.
Installation materials: Tissue paper, newspaper, plastic bags, chiffon, polyester, silk, fleece, velvet, stockings, cotton stuffing, yarn, plaster, tempera paint, puff paint, cardboard, found objects, SADS lamp, Toucan bird lamp
My dear friend, Robyn Kcik, posed in Lord Masseuse and later Fat costume while messaging SOFT viewers. Her touch guided one viewer I spoke with who said "My thoughts were going north to south all day and she really brought it together for me."
Thank you Lord Masseuse for your magic touch and kindness to SOFT viewers.
Face paint detail of Lord Masseuse.
Statements pinned behind Lord Masseuse's parlor and friends gather around Nailah Taman's installation.
Two of the Goons who run the multi purpose, creative space, Coming Soon. Captured in the Trying photo booth! Cheers.
In February of 2016, I went to see Phyllis McCoy, a spiritual translator here in Minneapolis. A spiritual translator is not a physic, but someone who has the ability to contact your “group,” meaning your spiritual guides, or “angels” if you will. I went into my session with intentions to get clarity about some turbulence in my life, but as a translator she does not give solutions, just guidance from your “others”. I came out of the session glowing in positivity. It was enlightening to talk with an experienced professional of how the cosmos operate. Everyone’s ancestors and immediate family are relative to each life you cycle through. Everyone that’s important in your life now has been there for you in past lives. I received clarity about occult practices and beliefs. The Emotional, Cosmic, and Occult World is a visual portrait of my cosmic consciousness. The footage is from my grandma’s house with spurts of images of other relatives contextualized with audio from my session with Phyllis. The objects in the desk drawer shrine are laid out in the way I found them sitting in my aunt’s old high school bedroom. For me, the contents in the drawer illuminate the discussion of lives and energies that are attached to objects.
Detail of desk drawer shrine- All of the objects repositioned as they were originally found sitting in my Aunts desk from the 60s.
Elements: Photographs, stamps, nail filer, eye dropper, push pins, barrettes, football brooch, 2 pennies, earring backs, new testament bible, wedding cake business card, desk drawer, vinyl
Installation Elements: Photographs, stamps, nail filer, eye dropper, push pins, barrettes, football brooch, pennies, earring backs, New Testament Bible, business card, desk drawer, 2 candles, vinyl, polyester, velvet, chiffon.
Barbie Trophy Tapestry: Wool, silk, mohair, polyester wig hair, salon style barbie head.
The Emotional, Cosmic, and Occult World Installation
Elements: Vinyl, polyester, wool, velvet, chiffon, silk, mohair, polyester wig hair.
Flower cut outs made by artist, Benjamin Langford.
Detail of vinyl chandelier
View of vinyl window from outside.
Video projection of The Emotional, Cosmic, and Occult World
Hannah Brookman and I share an affinity for the handmade, which prompted our creation of wishing. The quality of our set, costumes and the content of the video, Wishing, all point to the maker, allowing the process to become the performance. In Wishing, we open our private practice to the viewer through performing in our handmade set. We also bring our costumes into the public, othering ourselves as artists in society. The costumes were not made with the intent of public performance, as they were originally created for the Wishing set. The video allows us to combine both worlds, imaginative and real as we work to understand and appreciate our artistic practice. Wishing embodies collaboration in friendship.
Exhibition: Battle 19: Bakketun/Ballo/Norum (NO) vs. Brookman/White (CO/IL) July 2015
with Andrea Bakketun, Petter Ballo, Christian Norum, Hannah Brookman and Becca White
Performance still of Fat braiding Tropical monster's synthetic hair as they do in video Wishing.