After experiencing the loss of a live-work studio space in New Haven, current installations reflect on how to build new communities by reclaiming strife through placemaking. Locust Projects served as one incubator for three installations lit under black light to introduce happenings and dialogues that privileging the voices of the local creative community in Miami. Some of the fabrics come from Argentina, Connecticut, Florida, India, and Italy, places where I've lived, completed residencies, and taught. I incorporate donated material at clothing exchanges between artists and from local businesses, including donated fabric from the Jewish Community Center (which recently went out of business) and Boca Bargoons. In their totality, textures emerge from the collage of fabrics is a document of my lived experience. I hope to democratize my work through the use of accessible language. The plurality of installations is intended to lead the viewer through a path of immersive experiences that arrive at deeper issues via decompression. Much like Locust Projects itself, the exhibition is exemplary of how artists find and reclaim spaces for themselves and for the communities they live within. The Lady Cave was originally made in New Haven and added to in South Florida.
Lady Cave presents a wordplay on the phrase man cave and is an all-inclusive environment. Reflecting on the spatial concept of surrounding one's self with gendered signifiers, Lady Cave is an immersive, plush space. With a womb-like interior, the cave accommodates viewers to engage with props, snap selfies, and share conversational space. The sculptural environment serves as a site for decompression and wonderment, inclusive of gender. Interested in the humanistic side of feminism, the artist believes that gender can be played out in a malleable way for both sexes. The piece was recently taught in at the Young at Art Museum and part of a group exhibition, Gritty in Pink , which won an award for participation at the Bailey Contemporary Arts, FL.
Photo credit: Mateo Serna Zapata