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Solo Exhibition “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Land, Bodies”, 2021, The Project Space, Providence, RI


Solo Exhibition “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Land, Bodies”, 2021, The Project Space, Providence, RI,

“Crevasses and Crevices”, Installation, Charcoal Drawings and Casts of the negative space of cupped hands on stained birch plywood,  Dimensions Variable, 2021

Solo Exhibition “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Land, Bodies”, 2021, The Project Space, Providence, RI,

“Crevasses and Crevices”, Installation Detail, Charcoal Drawings, each 9"h x 11"W, 2021

Solo Exhibition “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Land, Bodies”, 2021, The Project Space, Providence, RI,

“Crevasses and Crevices”, Installation Detail, Casts of the negative space of cupped hands on stained birch plywood, 2021

Solo Exhibition “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Land, Bodies”, 2021, The Project Space, Providence, RI,

“Crevasses and Crevices”, Installation Detail, Casts of the negative space of cupped hands on stained birch plywood, 2021

Solo Exhibition “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Land, Bodies”, 2021, The Project Space, Providence, RI,

“The Hatch II”, 2017, Ink Painting on paper, 168”H x 40”W

Performance residue made by casting with a fly rod and a fly dipped in ink before each cast.

“Bodies of Water: Search and Rescue”, 2021, single-channel video,, 2:10 minutes

Solo Exhibition “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Land, Bodies”, 2021, The Project Space, Providence, RI,

Glacial Melt #1-#3, Archival Digital Prints, 15"H x 20"W each, 2021

Solo Exhibition “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Land, Bodies”, 2021, The Project Space, Providence, RI,

“Bodies of Water #6”, Archival Digital Prints, Diptych, 32"H x 24"W each, 2021. Documentation of public intervention for which I filled sidewalk cracks with blue cement. The filled cracks appear as miniature rivers within the larger landscape of Providence.

Solo Exhibition “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Land, Bodies”, 2021, The Project Space, Providence, RI,

“Crevasses and Crevices”, Installation Detail, Casts of the negative space of cupped hands on stained birch plywood, 2021

Solo Exhibition “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Land, Bodies”, 2021, The Project Space, Providence, RI,

“Crevasses and Crevices”, Installation Detail, Charcoal Drawing, 9"h x 11"W, 2021

I began filling sidewalk cracks with blue cement during the spring of 2019, crouched in the dark to avoid circumspection by police or anyone who might see it as graffiti. Since I’d moved back to the East Coast, I’d frequently walked by construction sites erecting concrete pillars, and noticed the huge sidewalk cracks, long neglected by the city and famous for making winter walking dangerous. Known to New Englanders as "frost heaves", they are caused by the freezing and swelling of the soil underneath. (This soil in Providence, RI is part of the ancestral homelands of the Narraganset Nation). Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world and contributes immensely to greenhouse gas emissions. It is also used to create hard surfaces which contribute to runoff that can cause soil erosion, water pollution and flooding. As I began to photograph these tiny blue rivers taking shape, the project began to function as an act of reclamation. The miniature rivers are waterways that once ran freely through the landscape, and which are now harnessed, diverted and dammed. I grew up on rivers and coastal waters in New England (the lands of the Nipmuc, Massachuset, Narraganset, Mohegan and Wampanoag tribes, among others). My father was an avid fly-fisherman and if we went anywhere on vacation, it was to places where one could camp and fish. As an adult, camping on rivers became one of my favorite activities, during the 25 years I lived in California (territories of the Ohlone, Nisenan, Miwok, Salinan and many others). As a result of living in a drought-ridden landscape, I became keenly aware of the ongoing pollution and destruction of waterways, as well as the rising threat to accessible clean water worldwide. Issues surrounding water are complexly circular and affect every aspect of life on our planet. Global warming and microclimates, glacial melt, floods and droughts, ground water depletion, ocean pollution and rising waters are all the result of human intervention.


During the fall of 2019, I was forced to pause this project as cement does not set in cold temperatures. By the spring, when I was thinking about resuming my late night excursions, the pandemic was ever-present and instead of filling cracks, I was spearheading a mask-making initiative for local essential workers. In addition to thinking about climate change and the health of our water, I was preoccupied with the health of bodies. It has become painfully clear that the health of human bodies is inextricably linked to the health of the earth’s body and those of the other living creatures that inhabit it alongside us. Human bodies are, and will continue to be compromised, colonized and polluted in direct proportion to the greed and abuse of the earth and its resources.


Much of my past work examines ways in which the human body holds trauma. This project examines trauma through an ecological lens. The cracks and crevices of our bodies reference the body of the earth. The gesture of cupped hands represents giving and taking, making and unmaking. Greed has pushed our interventions radically out of balance. These miniature blue rivers have become metaphors for the earth’s veins that are increasingly contaminated (as are our own) and will eventually collapse without intervention.

Solo Exhibition “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Land, Bodies”, 2021, The Project Space, Providence, RI

“Bodies of Water #2, #1 & #6”, Archival Digital Prints, 2021. Documentation of public intervention for which I filled sidewalk cracks with blue cement. The filled cracks appear as miniature rivers within the larger landscape of Providence.

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