Where the Shadow Catches You
THE HOLLAND PROJECT, 2017.
A collaborative show with nathaniel benjamin.
The animals I create with fabric and ink walk the line between distorted but pigmented memories I am bringing back to life, and omens signaling some gruesome holy message. They often come in shadowy forms, with bloated tongues and bodies that flee from unknown predators. I reenact stories of when I was small and watched animals live and die in the turmoil of a dysfunctional household. The death that occurred in familiar ways but also in strange grotesque accidents hold deeply powerful metaphors. As the animals cower, run, and hide with all the dark weight of memory, they also fight, snarl at and protest the defining forces of trauma, neglect and submission.