installation > genealogies

Geneaologies was an extended installation project in the summer of 2014 that unfurled around the theme of quasi-familial relationships, particularly those produced within non-domestic spaces.

By using a combination of natural and artificial material, found and worked objects, and a shared working/living space from the months of July to September 2014, this project attempted to understand the slow making of relationships as a process that can occur outside of the traditional and nostalgic notion of home. It was particularly interested in the problematics of "working relationships": streamlined across an office job to an artist residency, the universal awkwardness that comes with co-inhabiting a space and the tactics and rituals associated with the presentation of the self in a professional context. It took an anthropological lens to the task of observing the different roles people tend to assume in such spaces, stereotypes of the "artist's ego," and the moments of opacity that punctuate the social interactions occurring within this extended performance that we all do almost every day. It was invested in visualizing and making legible the decisive exchanges, laughs, and arguments that stitch all of these individual dialogues together, the turning point where co-inhabitation becomes a community.

Materially, it is a study of the convergence of an unlikely series of objects, surfaces, dimensions and textures, related by circumstance to establish a connection that is quasi-familial: discordant at times and well-integrated at others, contradictory and competitive, argumentative, hilarious, awkward and slouchy and (mis)communicative.

In the project's continued but consistently transforming physical presence it is a visual extension of the invisible ways in which these forces are always working to produce the unique moments of bonding, distancing, conviviality and quiet that are constantly being remade and redefined in the space of shared affect.

Celebrity (detail)
gold leaf, house plant
2014
small talk
wood, acrylic, resin, dye
2014
small talk
wood, acrylic, resin, dye
2014
Incest
cacti, cast resin, silicone
2014
Mister
2014
Rumor
2014
Celebrity
gold leaf, house plant
2014