ARTIST STATEMENT: Before the age of twelve I had moved nine times. Because of finances, divorces, and jobs, our family was forced to live the life of gypsies. I began to view relationships as temporary experiments. I forced bonding quickly, knowing in the back of my mind that there was an impending departure ahead.
Similarly, my videos experiment with relationship limits, testing them through simple actions. In Trying, (2009) two figures sit facing one another in a canoe as they paddle. The result of this action is that the boat turns in circles, commenting on the endless work of being with another individual as well as the constant desire to reach the other person.
Recent performances such as will you spoon with me?, (2008), Call me when you get this, (2010) and Lollygagging, (2011) involve challenging myself and the viewer to bridge the gap from strangers to lovers. In will you spoon with me? I built a six-foot tall bed in the gallery and asked gallery goers to climb up the stairs and spoon. For five days I did this same action with over 100 people.
Iâ€™ve watched the formation of connections carefully throughout my life. My work attempts to manifest these observations in a relatable and experiential way. I feel the distance between the viewer and myself. Each piece attempts to analyze the reason for that separation and to close the spaces.
Lollygagging 2010 Performative Sculpture Wearing a long dress that culminates in a full tent, viewers were allowed to enter as they please.
Playing on the idea of domestic and private spaces made public, I invited viewers to camp out in m
Back and Forth 2011 Performative Sculpture Two swings are attached at the center.
Back and Forth 2011 Performative Sculpture When I was a little girl my friends and I would swing all recess long. When we were in sync, we said we were married. When swinging opposite of one another, we were divorced.
Back and Forth 2011 Performative Sculpture The negotiation of relationships happens through verbal, physical, and mental compromise. Can two people make it work together?
I am a human blanket. 2010 Post card Postcards given to people walking by in NYC.
While living in Beirut, Lebanon, I was asked to show my work in New York. Being on the other side of the world, I wanted to send word home of my journey
Touch and go 2012 Performance Resist nothing.
Subway commutes provide for daily redefinition in personal space. I used to try to avoid contact with each person, doing my best to keep my appendages to myself. In this ongoing pie
will you spoon with me? 2008 Performative Sculpture Five day performance in which gallery goers were asked to spoon with me.
In NY, the decision to be with other people is not a choice one can make. Subways compact us with our fellow riders like sar
will you spoon with me? 2008 Performative Sculpture During the five days I spooned with over 84 unique people. Some came back multiple times, meaning over 100 spooning sessions. All documentation was staged before the show opened; none of the participa
will you spoon with me? 2008 Performative Sculpture Each spooner was entirely unique. Some quiet, some talkative, some quick, some warm. All respectful.
Inclined 2009 Performative Sculpture An antique love seat is modified to draw people closer together.
After performing live with my audience, I wanted to give my viewers further choice. This device intends to take me out of equation,
Extension 2010 Video Installation Video projection that allows the viewer, if positioned at the center of the screen, to feel as though they are flying. An onlooker might catch a glimpse of this person positioned so that the projecti
Monument:Attraction 2009 Digital C Print Two figures sit, one posing with a monument, the other posing in attraction.
The space between two bodies creates form. When intention is projected from one source, but missed by another, can it be
Hang On 2010 Digital C Print On the other side of the world, I cling to what I know.
Throughout my travels I have found that a sense of loneliness can come even in the most populated areas. Here in Tripoli, an abandoned site f
Follow Me 2009 Digital C Print An invitation to my community.
After moving every year or two since I was seven years old, I had finally found community where I belonged. But soon after, I was asked to move across the world. The
Hover 2010 Digital C Print Flying inside.
My living room is my studio; a place for conversation, imagination, transportation. The couch is a landing pad. Cotton from the pillows become the clouds of the dream I had last nigh
Absentee Affection 2009 Post card Postcards sent through the U.S. mail requesting surrogate affection.
With the habit of moving every couple of years, I find my community to be spread throughout the world. California, Oregon, Color
You and Me 2008 Post card Almost all of my work could be titled “You and Me”. This was the first one. In preparation for my piece, will you spoon with me?, I imagined having my viewer share my space. The position o
Collective Urn 2009 Ceramics Clay pot constructed in 2009 with coiling method; made in two parts, and joined with a communal slab.
A vessel in which my husband or I will be stored in anticipation of the other. A wall divides t
Him and his moustache 2009 Digital C Print Public face, private face.
There is always a side that is unseen; all facades cannot be seen simultaneously. We chose to present ourselves to the world in a certain light. With each choice that we