Miranda and I took our photo at Target portrait studio. I then created my own picture frame stock photo and placed/repalced many copies in different frames in common stores.
This work exposes the action of self-defense training as an attempt to keep safe in a country where women are raped every two minutes. This explores repetition and often fruitless labor. I practice self-defense moves for two minutes at a time in an alley. I will continue to test out ideas such as how often I do this, daytime vs night, etc.
Acting as the Touch Creature I experimented with what it looked and felt like to be disconnected from physical contact. This desire to touch and be touched is fundamental to human development and social sustainability. Physical contact releases oxytocin — the hormone of love and attachment that our cells crave.
Imprints of Dwelling
The home and the body are where one resides and grows. The space makes impressions on my body, and I make impressions on the space.
This is just the beginnings of my mindfulness and intentions practice where I move my body through the body of my home and document the fleeting markings. The individual titles are simply what my body counters (knob, switch, faucet, etc).
Exploration of the use of the Happy Light.
Temporary Marking Power
Tattoos have a long history in anthropology and other studies of claims to identity, rebellion, and community. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, ancient women have a long history of being tattooed or marked similarly more than men, but was still quite common in both genders. However it has been seen as a rough or more masculine form of body art. I have researched and written on the topic of tattooing, specifically through a feminist lens, although I have still found tattoos to be risky for both genders but with varying degrees. Marking a woman’s body is a dangerous and undesirable choice, especially when still “mating” even by today’s standards. In the article, Tattooing: Mind, Body, and Spirit. The Inner Essence of the Art, author Frankie J. Johnson writes, “American tattooing is unique. Tattoos are images and literal interpretations of things.” Things we can buy, collect, and own. “The meaning of the act of tattooing is "inextricably linked" to the chosen image itself. Any permanent mark on the body signifies a person's separation from the mainstream of culture, and a tattoo can separate someone from society at large. Separation from society is a large factor in her (Bell’s) theory about tattoos and why people get them.” In today’s society you are special, just like everyone else. What can someone do to reclaim their individualism and personhood? Does permanent marking on your body lead to some sort of permanent independence in our society? If you know your body is on the market does a tattoo take it off the market? Is this anarchy?
Johnson goes on to quote multiple research answers for why people are getting tattoos. The typical answers of "expressing individuality, communicating rebellion, defining group membership, conveying spiritual meaning, or marking milestones such as life or death" along with “just wanting one” were given and expected. Women announced that it "helped them feel good, unique, and special" Maybe tattoos have no longer become a form of rebellion but rather a desire for creative expression. With so much focus on corporations, stocks, and capital it’s no wonder many are looking for a personal creative outlet. I like the idea of taking my tattoo, which has great importance to me, and something I chose for my body to then repeat onto others bodies. By having this similar mark and placement I will be in a way discussing the idea of community, identities and claiming other bodies. Many groups still want their bodies to be radical public vessels, the idea that the body can be seen as a source of discovery and reapportion is both fascinating and powerful.
The beginnings of a study on ways in which we interact with the qualities of wallpaper both physically and psychologically.