Devotionals opened with an artist's talk on May 3, 2016 and showed from May 3-15 in the Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University, and was selected for display during Commencement Weekend, 2016. It was funded by a generous grant from the Creative Arts Council Student Grant Initiative.
Devotionals is a performance/illustration/audio/fiction, and a thesis project completed in pursuit of my MFA in Literary Arts at Brown University. In an investigation of how drawing, writing, and worship all function as both private and public acts of performance, I recorded myself performing my short fictions and created "stations of worship" around which they could be experienced. There were 5 stations, each corresponding with an illustration of a relic around which I fashioned a reliquary. For these stations, I used cheap and everyday objects as an evocation of the idea of sketches, or drafts, and also as a reference to the materials that modern day Catholic churches use themselves (fake candles, silk flowers, etc.). Though I rose each morning to light the installation and turned off the lights at 5, functioning as altargirl, the voices themselves continued to speak 24/7 for 14 days, whether anyone was listening or not.
Short stories performed: "Rabbit," "Bodytalk," "Saints," "The Furs of The Torturers," "Star Dog."
Materials: red velour, shelving, battery-run tea candles, fairy lights, silk flowers, ribbon, gold spray paint, junk jewelry, doll parts, frame bases, ink, cold press paper, lace, an old Atlas, gouache, nails, headphones, media players.
Fables showed in 2011 at the Olin Arts Center as part of a group show highlighting work selected from the thesis projects of graduating Bates College Studio Art majors. Grown from my obsession with collecting and drawing the roadkill that occur during Maine winters; Bachelard's The Poetics of Space; recycled materials; New England architecture; and an introduction to the neo-fabulist movement, the logic of Fables was just as much a humorous grotesquerie to be read left-to-right as it was an earnest investigation of the horror of the home.
Fables was purchased in whole by the Bates College German Department in 2011, where it is currently on display.
Materials: cardboard, white paint, opaque theatre gels, fairy lights, ink, cold press paper, various fabrics, plastic tea candles.