These are works I produced in Texas, before moving to Los Angeles, where I currently live. I was interested in product photography, the violence of consumption and also the local culture of football that is so popular in Texas. Moving further down the slideshow there are photographs of a mirrored piece I did titled Billie Jean King, with an engraved quote from her, a still from I Am The Rose Queen, a performance piece I did (detailed below), and Parallel, a piece I collaborated on with friend and artist Jesus Benavente at the Austin Museum of Art, now the The Contemporary Austin, in 2011. In all of the work, I am interested with the shared, cultural values that shape our view of ourselves and each other on an everyday level, and draw significantly on the culture I am in at the time, in this case the southern United States, and specifically Texas.
I Am The Rose Queen was inspired by an annual rose parade that was held in Tyler, Texas, where I went to high school. The piece does a sort of mock performance of the parade in which I am the only participant, questioning notions around the relationship between performer and audience, an almost "fake it till you make it" American mentality, and traditional femininity.
My response to Impressionism.
A collaborative performance with Brenda Joy Llano in which we participate in an actual parade hosted annually in Austin, TX, dressing up as little girls having a tea party.
Like the parasol piece, but with a fan.
Like the fan piece, but with a handkerchief.
Brenda and I consuming vast amounts of tea with mixed and masochistic consequences.
An earlier work that speaks to my continued interest in the relationship between language, memory and reality. In it I describe things, places and people purely from memory, combined with an image of the actual thing.
An early work that cuts between shots of me driving and an interview with my mother.