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Buddy System, installation, 2020
Pacing (For Mason Gross), video, 2020
What Goes Up Must Come Down, installation, 2020
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Blue, installation, 2018
Blue is an installation of 8 pieces arranged along three adjoining white walls. Blue Line is a thin blue chalk line 68 inches up from the ground running across the entire length of the walls, approximately 29 feet. All the other works are hung below this line. The pieces are described from left to right.
On the left wall there are two pieces. Blue Ramp which is a 4 inch tall ramp that is 38 inches wide and 48 inches long on the floor. It is made from cardboard and foam, wrapped with printed paper. The image on the paper is of an underwater scene from the perspective looking up towards the surface of the water. Blue Tape is a square canvas 48 inches by 48 inches, covered completely with white acrylic paint and de-stretched, so that instead of being stretched tight around a wooden stretcher bar frame, it has been taken off the frame and is floppy. Blue painters tape is woven together in a basic over under pattern on the top left corner of the painting. The ends of the tape extend to the wall and are helping to hold the canvas to the wall.
On the middle wall there is one piece: Blue Tile which is a long 72 inch by 28 inch acrylic painting of dozens of small rectangular blue tiles with white grout surrounding them. There is painted water on the bottom, the tiles viewed through this depicted as wavy and distorted. The painting is hung less than 1 inch above the waxed grey vinyl-tiled floor, so that the floor reflects the painting, similar to how water reflects things on its surface.
The back wall does not meet the right wall in a single concave corner. Instead there is square column about 6 inches by 6 inches in the corner. You might experience it like this: the back wall leads to a concave corner, then there is a short 6 inch wall, then a convex corner, then another 6 inch wall, and then a final concave corner leading to the right most wall. In this corner two pieces are arranged. Blue Stair consists of two wooden stair stringers touching the floor and against the walls. They each have 5 stairs, and are 60 inches tall and 34 inches wide. They are both painted light blue, and spackle was used at their bases to create a rough uneven surface that mimics the surface of the wall. One stair stringer is in the first concave corner along the back wall, and the other is in the second concave corner along the right wall. The stair stringer on the back wall is flipped so that the stairs are facing down and the top forms a smooth angled ramp. The stair stringer on the right wall has the stairs right-side up. The second piece in the corner is Blue Tape, which is strips of 1 inch wide blue tape with small white arrows printed on it. The strips of tape are staggered and arranged on the small 6 inch wall sections with the arrows pointing towards the convex corner. The piece is 5 inches wide and 32 inches tall.
On the right wall there are two pieces: Blue Towel which consists of two grab bars on the wall with towels hung over them. One grab bar is hung about 3 feet above the ground and the second grab bar is roughly 1 foot above it, parallel but slightly to the left. Hung on the grab bars are 4 white towels of differing sizes. The biggest bath towel is hung from the bottom bar and touches the floor. The bottom of the towel is painted blue with ink as if it is wet. The other towels are hung from the top bar. There is a slightly smaller bath towel, then a hand towel over it, and finally a washcloth on top. The whole piece is 42 inches wide by 61 inches tall. Blue Print is a piece directly on the wall to the right of Blue Towel. It consists of blue handprint marks that were created when I used the wall to hold onto as I rounded the corner while in my wheelchair. The marks are 8 inches tall and 17 inches wide.
Reach New Heights 1 and 2, diptych, 2017
Two rectangular acrylic paintings 38 inches wide and 48 inches tall hung next to each other. The left painting, Reach New Heights 1, depicts a pale-skinned woman in a manual wheelchair near a pool. Behind her, there are long leg braces, a striped towel, and an arm crutch leaning on a bench. The painted part of the canvas ends in an irregular, uneven line about 40 inches up from the bottom, with the top 8 inches left as raw, unprimed and unpainted canvas. The right painting, Reach New Heights 2, has this same irregular line with raw canvas above it, but the division between the painted and unpainted parts happens about 20 inches up from the bottom. The right painting depicts the same woman getting out the pool with her back towards us. She is only painted from below her shoulder blades and above her thighs. Her hands are on the edge of the pool, lifting her body out the water. The bottom part of her wheelchair is visible on the pool deck in front of her. The two paintings are hung staggered next to each so that the ragged lines and unpainted raw canvas parts line up.
Signs and Symptoms, series, 2017
Signs and Symptoms is three works all on wood. Hyper-Invisibility is a large rectangular piece of wood 48 inches wide and 72 inches tall, on the floor and leaning against a wall. It is nearly completely covered with a painted blue rectangle surrounded by a thin white border and rounded corners. It is based on the design of an accessible parking sign but instead of the international symbol for access, which is a white stylized image of a person sitting in a wheelchair, in the center, the painting is blank. The proportions are such that I or another wheelchair-user, could appear to take the place of the symbol when sitting in front of the painting. To See and Be Seen is a round wooden dowel 2 inches in diameter and 48 inches tall, also leaning against a wall. On one side of the dowel there is a painting of a white cane with red-bottom, black hand strap, and metal-glide tip. On the other side is a painting of a neon-orange visibility flag attached to a long pole with bracket at the bottom, that would be used to attach it to a wheelchair. Out on the Street is a small rectangular piece of wood 36 inches wide and 24 inches tall with a painted image of a tattered piece of cardboard.