In the past six years I have been experimenting with performance that does not reside solely within the body but uses set pieces, costumes, props, and prosthetics to change physical appearance. I admire artists who use their own bodies as primary material, but I've never been that clever or vulnerable. In a way, allowing my physical appearance to change makes the work less obviously autobiographical to viewers who make assumptions about how an artist's own experiences may influence their work- it makes the body more of a tool, a material. At the same time, if I am not embodying the nuances of the self I am probably acting as an icon which lends itself to its own objectification. The perfect union requires me to take a personal experience and run with it until it feels confident enough to stand on its own, leaving me behind altogether.
These sculptures were created in 2010. They are as far away from what current society considers "wearables" as possible, but that's where I started, making things with whatever material I had at hand. Mostly paper, wire, glue, tape, condoms, and fabric.
These were constructed in 2011. They took on multiple roles, stemming from a need to recreate altered objects from my past, something that started as a way to analyze my understanding of adulthood that eventually blossomed into a larger performance project.