collaborations with April Martin and Zoë Wonfor
A kind of clearing
A series of limestone sculptures made in response to the history of Humboldt Park and the site of the work, Jensen Formal Garden. Much of the State of Illinois is drawn over a bedrock of limestone which made the mineral a significant feature in the work of Jens Jensen.
In the case of Illinois and specifically Chicago, limestone is a ubiquitous material used in architecture largely because of its local availability and durability. Limestone functions as the distillation over time of a world unto itself, living, dying, stacking, decomposing, forming and solidifying into bedrock.
A piece of copper pipe has been installed in each large piece of limestone to mirror the vases previously located on the pedestals in this quadrant of the Jensen Formal Garden. Parkgoers are invited to install their own arrangements of local flora in the vessels.
staring at the sun with your eyes closed
Newsprint, raw shea butter, glass construction bricks, unfired clay, double backed insulation foil, prairie grass, fluorescent lights, iridescent gift wrap, static plastic sheeting, packing tape, porcelain, latex tubing, desk lamp.
Dimensions variable. Images by Edwin Isford
Pleasure at a close distance
a project with April Martin, Lara Schoorl, Lauren Chipeur and Zoë Wonfor, located in an empty storefront at 2351 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL. The four artists, some of whom had never met, were for the first time in the same place. The project functioned as both a beginning and a meeting point. Over the course of a week the contents of the window were rearranged, added to and subtracted from. While authorship and leadership evaporated we began to expand together as an exercise in thinking beyond the subject, bleeding into ourselves and each other. Ultimately we found a way to cut the materials to fit the space and cut ourselves to fit into the space between each other, all while navigating Chicago in a silver honda fit.
Alongside this, our time spent together was marked by moments of 'non-work': driving; reading; cooking; eating; talking - moments that became incredibly important to this project as it took us outside of ourselves. The undefined shape of what we wanted this project to be, was ultimately guided by these slow in-between moments.