Toporythmia is a collective and collaborative experiment which asks of participators of different dance backgrounds, individual or in groups, to engage in movement by listening to particular music that might seem unfamiliar and improvising to it. Then follows a discussion about the experience and what is it like to listen and respond, to connect or not, what is it that we connect to, what is it that moves us, what does rhythm and movement reveal to us.
To Separate uses stretchers and rope in order to balance the two between them creating a somewhat border, which questions the notion of borders as separators or unifiers. This work is heavily influenced by Japanese philosophy of the Kekkai used in theatres and films and its symbology of activating spaces and its inevitable nature of being capable of separation and connection.
To Separate / To Escape / To Rest
was a trilogy created during my senior year in an attempt to explore the formalities of painting and the studio and ultimately redefine them and the artist.
To Rest is the result of finally escaping, the studio but also the materials and finally being free to create in an environment that is inspiring and being free to express what is needed. A natural surrounding, the joy of creating in the outdoors, the pleasure of enjoying your own constructions.
To Escape used an entire roll of canvas which was ripped into strips and then tied together to create a rope. The act took place in the studio and it was quite a literal response to the artist wanting to escape the studio walls but also all kinds of walls that might keep creativity. In the escape is a failure because the rope cant reach anywhere and consequently falling.
Art is life and life is art. Working as a server and refilling the ketchup bottles while being a senior. When there is no time to go the studio, you carry your studio with you. It is a challenge to pre-set concepts of painting and art, trying to create new imagery, that reflects a unique generation of artists. The frame is used to provoke the idea of a painting and its projection on it is surpassing the frame. A response to my actual inescapable situation and creatively engaging it in my artistic work.
The Nomadic Project was an idea that emerged after our studios and work were destroyed because of a fire disaster. The response of our professors was to immediately start painting again. My response was that we needed to collectively create a space to share and exchange and heal. An open call was made to bring any kind of old cloth and help build an impromptu 'cadir' (an improvised temporary shed that nomadic peoples use), and make use of the space as an activating force to come together.