The Realness of Things is a scrolling shadow play based on some strange experiences I had while traveling abroad in Indonesia back in 2011. It has not been until now that I've felt comfortable talking about what came to pass. Most of all it is a story about the power of story and its effect on belief.
These collage came out of a conversation with a friend about unique words that better describe situations of intense feeling. The collages are portraits of my visual definition of the words. Their sentiment pairs nicely with the current state of things.
Opia I: All the Color He Has Known; n. the ambiguous intensity of looking somebody in the eye.
Opia II: All the Colors She Will Never Know; n. the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.
Saudade; n. a profound melancholic longing for an absent something
Anemoia; n. nostalgia for a time you have never known.
Weltschmerz; n. a feeling of melancholy and world-weariness
Heart Splinters is a shadow puppet crankie show based on a dream I had in January of 2015.
An Old New Story
An Old New Story
An Old New Story is a multi-media theatrical performance I created during my final year at the Maryland Institute College of Art. The performance consists of ten costumed characters and puppets, each symbolizing a modern day archetype of my conception. The story revolves around a young boy and his encounters with the others he meets on his journey.
In order of appearance:
The World- a place of magic and wonder where all things good and evil live.
Atlas- the giver of the world. After carrying it for so long, he has grown weak. Now it becomes our responsibility.
Bird- the dream, hope.
Birdwoman- Held down by the weight of cages she lives to trap the bird who will always be just ahead.
Boy- Innocence and wonder embodied in a curious child.
Humanity- The masses of the world embodied in a menacing, flailing figure.
The Dance of Aristophanes- The embodiment of love and connection one finds upon discovering their other half.
One Man Show-with his pop out toy theater chest and authoritarian uniform he represents both chaos and control, violence and peace.
Treewoman- Mother nature as both the nurturing mother and a woman's wrath.
The Magical Bag Lady
The Bag Lady is a costumed character I created whose goal is to bring out of the ordinary moments to those she meets. She has made multiple appearances around Baltimore including Centerstage's 50 Fest and as an M.C. and short act for one of Black Cherry Puppet Theater's Puppet Slam events
I created these stilt costumes for the 2014 Great Halloween Lantern Parade with the theme Cosmic Park. Thanks to Justin Tsucalas and The Creative Alliance for the photos!
This series of collages came about as a result of feeling lost in transition and entirely overwhelmed by the possibilities at hand.
the chicken & the egg
where do we go from here?
queen of tears
The Sense Monsters are highly energetic roaming performance characters who love bouncing around and literally sticking their noses into everything. They have made appearances at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center: Street Arts Across America Festival, Baltimore's Transmodern Festival, and most recently were showcased in a group exhibition at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland.