From With Nothing Left To Break, August 2010
Roosters Don’t Lay Eggs
Possession is a vital part of the ceremony and ritual of Voodou. It is an experience that is all at once mysterious, frightening, divine, and transcendent. In this piece, we have characterized this experience as a spiritual journey that is ultimately a breakthrough to the uncharted spirit world. The breaking of the holes through this door is representative of that experience; the breaking was partially controlled, but would always ultimately leave us with unforeseeable results. The holes serve as glimpses of what can be revealed to the individual once he or she breaks down the barrier – that is, his or her perceived control over the essence of his or her being. We have here a collection of artwork that includes modified traditional drawings (veves) and other symbols for spirits (lwas) of water, passageways, and death. What lies under the sea is a whole world unfamiliar and unknown to us;plunging into this world would mean transcending the natural make-up of our bodies that bars us from such travel. And since this is impossible in a literally genetic sense, possession then serves as a vehicle for this type of journey in the figurative sense. To be possessed is to connect to the spirit world, and that is why we emphasize the importance of passageways through the use of the door (a traditional mark of a passage) and the holes broken into it (an uncertain, arduous, and non-traditional means of getting through a passage). We include the spirit of death because death is the ultimate unknown and uncertain journey, itself serving as a passageway to an unseen world and yet-to-be undertaken state of being of the spirit, a passageway all of us will one day inevitably have to break through.
Christie Christie – Oogey Boogey
interactive installation with sound
Ever fear the boogieman?$1.3 billion already cut with more on the way. 1,370,535 students enrolled in our public schools. Court rules Christie’s Executive Order 7 unconstitutional.This is a cautionary tale; a glimpse at the worst to possibly come if we don’t pay close attention to the warning signs. We ourselves are concerned students, who understand that education is the key to growth, fullness, progress, and change, and no one is more deserving of beholding that key than our youth, our future. We value highly our education (past, continuing, and future) and the ability to pass on knowledge to those without, not exploitatively but in the spirit of giving something vital and cherished. This is a child’s nightmare in a political realm, and with the simplicity and humour of child, this piece bears all at once and hides none of its meaning. Blunt, grotesque, startling, obvious, amplified, necessary. A tale to keep our children from sleep at night, fearing the boogieman that lurks in the closet ready to creep out and steal something precious of theirs.We urge you to take from the boogieman before he takes from you.Oogey-Boogey Christie Christie after being cut into by angry taxpayers.