IT WILL NOT BE THE SAME, BUT IT MIGHT BE BEAUTIFUL

2020 - ONGOING

 

It Will Not Be The Same, But It Might Be Beautiful is a multimedia investigation of change focusing on objects that have been exhausted by use and transformed by time. This project illuminates that what remains — even through environmental demise — can inspire wonder, help us understand the past, and embolden resilience in the future. Made in collaboration with cinematographer Mike Conti.

How can we explore change while it is happening?

DRAWINGS

VIDEO

INSTALLATION

This project is made possible by the Speranza Foundation, National Performance Network Documentation & Storytelling Fund and the McCarthy – Kennicott Historical Museum

 

Fray 2020

This series of drawings intimately explores a frayed strap. Though its use as a powerful object has been rendered obsolete, the beauty of its destruction is evident. See more drawings.

SHATTER 2020

Made in conjunction with a video installation, each drawing in this series depicts a single shattered stone that has been unsuccessfully put back together.  See more drawings.

PUZZLE STONES 2020

This video installation centers around puzzle stones, rocks that have been shattered by rapid temperature shifts and retreating glaciers. By documenting human interactions with these stones, the video explores a personal space within climate change and illuminates the poetry of something that is fractured and fundamentally changed.

 
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