Practicing the Everyday

I began Practicing the Everyday in 2013 to rehabilitate myself during the early stages of grief and to rekindle my appreciation for the patterns of daily life. Each drawing is a record of antecedent actions (e.g., tossing my hair, pulling on socks, and crossing and uncrossing legs) captured by reinterpreting these repetitive gestures against wet pigment.

During silent performances I focus on the succession of movements involved in completing a single task. The original context of each action gradually dissolves through the process of repetition. These performed gestures are repeated to compose a larger work. Waiting Room, for example, focuses on crossing and uncrossing one’s legs, movements that support the process of waiting. Accumulatively, these gestures become the notations of a choreographic score.

This work has been exhibited and performed for the public at the Beverly Art Center in Chicago, IL; The After Hours Alliance Festival in Santa Fe, NM; the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN; and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC. The work has received additional support from The Ucross Foundation, The Santa Fe Art Institute, and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Waiting Room | The Turchin Center at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC | Chalk Powder and Vegetable Fat on Paper

Pulling on Socks | After Hours Alliance Festival | Santa Fe, NM | Oil Pastel on Paper

Brushing Teeth | After Hours Alliance Festival | Santa Fe, NM | Oil Pastel on Paper

Bow | After Hours Alliance Festival | Santa Fe, NM | Oil Pastel on Paper

Bow | After Hours Alliance Festival | Santa Fe, NM | Oil Pastel on Paper

Stretch | The Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside | Troy, NY | Oil Pastel on Paper

Hair Threshold | Performed at Soo Visual Arts and the Ucross Foundation, WY | Chalk Powder and Vegetable Fat on Paper

Waiting Room | Ucross Foundation, WY | Chalk Powder and Vegetable Fat on Paper

Waiting Room | Ucross Foundation, WY | Chalk Powder and Vegetable Fat on Paper