Creating Outside the Walls: A New Partnership for SMU Art

Creating Outside the Walls: A New Partnership for SMU Art



so when you think about the region properties like what are themes that you like might want to explore there and how do you think that your work can grow in that type of environment I think we would still maybe keep going with the idea of bringing like intimate spaces into public spaces and I think a new thing we will consider is how of course the artwork interacts with the space like what kind of lights gonna be there like will things be reflecting off of it well different colors showed through things we first got interested in vinyl because of our engineering department SMU they have a vinyl cutter there and Elizabeth and I were interested in making sort of a art installation out of it by utilizing the vinyl cutter so we picked some like really bright colors I picked this color scheme and then we were kind of thinking about well the only things we could think of when we were thinking about the space were like the chairs and the plants in here and so we were thinking about like if you're like waiting in like an office building what you're looking at and so these are kind of like the quiet conversations you have between you and the furniture and the plants because that's probably all you're looking at when you're waiting in here for regent's property project I am organizing food based installation it's a broader conversation on like how people sustain themselves everyone needs to nourish themselves and there's like these little luxury items that like some people have access to some people don't just kind of try and even out that playing field to make it not necessarily about money so much basically what I do is when I finish this I'm gonna print it out on small scale on watercolor paper and then I'm going to print that out so many times I wash it and then scan it or a photograph and then recompile it back together and then digitally enhance it like with like my own like you know colorization in photoshop yeah all my memories from when I was in Puerto Rico were fraying around a very luscious garden the tarps has been a really big deal ever since the here again in Puerto Rico because FEMA didn't had enough tarps and then at the same time you can buy these tarps here in the United States for 99 cents in regards of the imagery it's the same I've been working with the idea of the of the household garden and how important it is at least in in our communities so it was perfect because like the performance of doing this work was completely different to what I was used to I kind of like learn a little bit more of my own process thinking on how to solve this situation of scale the idea is to shorten that relationship between the painting and the garden and the concept and we were you know so my work deals with notions of invisible labor a specific dealing with my experience as a worker my work deals with ideas of repetition endurance and how my body is used as a tool to create marks I'd like to make drawings directly on surfaces like like walls I rather draw on walls that on paper I feel like every time I create a drawing there is a sense of ephemerality that I need to prepare myself for so for example usually people have to work eight hours a day right so when I do this settings the idea is that my body is standing in front of this piece for this amount of hours just repeating these movements and then kind of giving myself the opportunity to connect with the action and get beyond it just a mark making this is why the line is important that is very black and solid so I'm not attached to the aesthetic of the line in terms of like what kind of marks I'm doing but more just to observe how my body is reacting to it like what kind of thoughts I have when I'm being in pain or when I'm being exhausted and kind of the ways my body finds solutions to keep moving to the performance well the actual hope I have is that I can actually resolve my own question is about invisible labor and in terms of how to value that invisible labor that stroke you can get with ink and a brush when you move so fast I like the movement happens in a way that you can see the paper through it and it's it looks like it was made very fast I think is something to play with because how do you control that and how do you play that into an image so I'm thinking about where the artwork will be in this space I'm thinking about where the building is in relation you know it's in Texas so I wanted any plants I'm going to be drawing I wanted it to like reflect where it is even if it's in a building I wanted to reflect the landscape outside the building I was inspired by the space I have because so the area my artwork will be displayed is kind of a communal area so I wanted to do something kind of humorous like a nice break from you know the pressure of work so just like a moment of breathing or you can just appreciate something a lot of the process happens sort of before I even start painting just like thinking about the images going through all the images of places where I've been and thinking about how to interpret those forms try to keep a strong color palette try to think about not just hard lines but sometimes they're soft lines sometimes straight lines versus these amoebic forms so but I like to think about the people that are associated with these places like this restaurant and the people that work there and the people who visit there and these are people that live in my hometown that maybe I want to get to know better and understand their histories better so a lot of the work deals with history to think about the building and I think about how those kinds of spaces are inhabited and the space especially where the where the work will be as sort of a isn't in between space it's a space where people are always just walking past so there's this continual back-and-forth walking that's going on all the time rather than staying in one place I imagine that people will see this work mostly as they're moving but I'm hoping that by adding in these these bits these little rocks and tiles and things that that'll sort of draw them in and hopefully remind them of another place of some other place that these things have come from that make them wonder about how they came to be you

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