VCUarts Anderson Gallery Space Grant
During July and August 2019, I was a Space Grant recipient at VCUarts Anderson Gallery in Richmond, VA. I enjoyed 24/7 access to a private studio space where I created installations, staged photo and video shoots, and made paintings. I invited guests, including writers and curators, to the space for studio visits. I also participated in the PechaKucha event with other resident artists at the end of the summer.
Orden y ofrenda
This evolving mixed media installation was staged in the space during July. I invited guests to visit and respond to the work by writing and re-staging objects in an effort to find their own ritual. While visitors interacted with the space, I made live paintings as part of my own ritual. Throughout the process, factors such as lighting, the installation's physical relationship with the room changed, and even my approach to painting changed.
Desert Fox by the Sea
Named after my book by the same title, this mixed media installation was staged in the space from late July through early August. I invited guests to visit in small groups and respond to the installation through meditative journaling. I provided them with journals that I asked them to take with them when they left. Though I led guests to the space, I did not join them there. Instead, I controlled the installation's lighting and audio from the adjacent room while they journaled. Many of the pieces from this installation had also appeared in Orden y ofrenda.