I am interested in the ways in which an individual constructs and then performs an identity through the influence of social and societal projections, such as class, race, sex, sexual orientation, etc. With these ethical questions in mind, and with the hope that most of my work leads to spaces that hold conversations and discussions, I see my work mainly operating through community gatherings, where it could be projected in a large-scale format, accompanied by performances, a dinner, and an encouragement of conversation. My ultimate goal in my artistic practice would be to own my own space where I could host these events, as well as lectures, classes, crafts, tutoring, and literary publications.
I take on identity as a relation to the world through repeated actions dictated and composed by political and ideological structures represented onto bodies. The experiences I have in moving through space in my own body acts as an access point in my videos. The privileges and disadvantages I receive for my role in society informs the basis of what I can speak to and share with viewers. I am interested in blurring the lines within narrative, confusing what feels real in terms of characters, plot, time, and assumptions we bring to a moving image. My performing becomes a vehicle to reveal the systems of oppression operating in my everyday. “Let Me Put on a Show” relies on the construction of woman, whiteness, and heterosexuality.
Winner of the 2014 BFA Video + Sound Department Award