corporate liars from pushing neoliberal policies that ignite economic, social and environmental collapse while benefiting white supremacist patriarchal governmental systems which fuel oppression and prevent sustainable energy systems from becoming the norm!
Solo Exhibition at UC Santa Barbara, Glassbox Gallery, December 2018
Through a series of handwoven tapestries and sculptures, the exhibition archives the anxiety, rage and chaos felt from living during our current political and cultural climate. Much of the work approaches these sensitive issues through the perspective of the screen. The tapestries are slowly woven by hand on traditional floor looms, machines whose inherent binary systems influenced the development of computing, and are historically tied to craft and women’s work. By weaving an enlarged tweet or placing scorched landscapes within a browser window, the work makes connections between the material and its source. The labor present in producing the tapestries simultaneously slows down the turbulent pace of how we send and receive information through social media, transforming passing communication into permanent vestiges of shameful events that often get lost within the perpetual click-bait pace of the current news cycle. Events like the release of the Access Hollywood Tapes, the dismissal of Dr. Ford’s testimony, and Trump Jr’s statement about Syrian Refugees are memorialized through labor and thread. In the protest banners, corporations packaged voices become unexpected participants in the rallying cry against sexual assault and xenophobia. Each tweet simultaneously mirrors the branded capitalist embodiment of Trump and the commodification of activism that has become exceedingly prevalent in social media and advertising in recent years. Also prevalent throughout the show are everyday signifiers of caution and unexpected humor. A woven chart details a tufted color system for danger, while fire blankets, pet rescue signs and fire alarm pull stations become integrated into various pieces, creating a link between urgent language and literal symbols of caution. Imbued with subtle jokes and word-play, the exhibition tests the possibility of humor as a tool for political disruption and approaches hopelessness amidst candy-colored landscapes, whose softness contradicts the gravity of our reality.