Work Samples for SignalFire
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A project currently in development. I am trading a mini zine, Five Medicines for Grief, in exchange for stories about small acts of kindness. So far I have mailed over 50 zines (and handed out many more).
Medicine (One Response)
Currently in development: In exchange for my free zine, Five Medicines for Grief, people are sending me stories of small acts of kindness. I plan on making a new zine documenting these acts.
Those We Glimpse: Gathering Our Queer Ancestors (Zine)
Those We Glimpse gathers intimate anecdotes, speculations and rumors about LGBTQ+ ancestors from contributors’ blood families, moving those stories out of a private, guarded realm into a collective narrative. This zine (printed in 2018) reproduces anonymous stories contributed during participatory gallery installations in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA
Those We Glimpse: Gathering Our Queer Ancestors (Art Residency at the Q Center, Portland OR)
Over one month in spring 2018, people anonymously wrote 47 queer stories from their own blood families on paper cards and pinned them into the branches of this “tree”.
Those We Glimpse: Gathering Our Queer Ancestors (Storysharing at the Q Center, Portland OR)
Along with the participatory installation, I organized writing workshops and two storysharing circles. Participants read anonymously-contributed anecdotes about queer ancestors and shared their own. Spring 2018
The Office of Neighborship
This mobile, faux office on a bicycle trailer is a research project asking the question, what can art do that government can't? The Office of Neighborship (formerly the Mobile Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs) will conduct ongoing research and dialogue with the public, develop bureaucratic props, games, workshops, and other tools, and lend creatively “official” support to current grassroots housing organizing. Summer 2018.
The Office of Neighborship (at Portland City Hall)
Performative workshop, June 2018. In collaboration with Eric J Olson, the Office explored supply-side arguments for solving the housing crisis. We satirized a high-pressure sales pitch for Wall Street products that allow small investors to speculate on rental housing. We also explored the ethics of building personal financial security using a model which depends on driving up rents for everyone.
The Awkward Object Transportation Challenge
The Challenge (2017) celebrated the creativity urbanites apply to get things from place to place without cars. Six teams moved delicate, bulky or otherwise difficult-to-transport objects to a picnic spot at Lake Merritt, Oakland, using skateboards, public bus, subway, kayak, and good ol' fashioned feet. A non-distinguished panel of judges awarded prizes based on distance traveled, difficulty of moving the object(s), number of modes of transport used, circumnavigation of authorities, and points for style and charm.
A Hollow Where the Memory Was
18"x24”. Watercolor, pencil, tea on paper. 2015
24”x18”. Walnut ink, tea, pencil, watercolor on paper. 2016