Projects/Installations

Palyphony

Working with a palynologist, I filmed pollen from 10,000 year old oasis settlements in Saudi Arabia. The pollen sample contains information about the environment as it existed at the end of the last major period of glaciation. The seemingly cosmic process of unfolding occurs against a sound track developed from tones used by scientists to measure changes in sea temperature.




When this conjurers trick has been performed…

When this conjurer's trick has been performed, the same theories are transferred back again from organic nature into history and it is now claimed that their validity as eternal laws of human society has been proved.

Video of site specific action

2015

I created a pattern based on the tropical scene on the Bank of England's 10 pound note; this pattern was then used to create a “camouflage” suit which I wore in the Tijuca Forest in Brazil. This is where Darwin spent a significant time developing his theories in which he applied ideas from political economy -- he was reading not just Malthus, but Adam Smith -- to nature. The site specific actions included looking at water marks of animals in Brazilian currency, photographing, and reading passages from Adam Smith. The title is take from one of Friedrich Engels's letters.







Heirs of the Royal Art

Heirs of the Royal Art casts a constellation including intoxicating water lilies used in elite funeral rites in ancient Egypt, Claude Monet’s Giverny water lily gardens; a wealth Management company called Giverny Capital; the collusion of art and economy through JPMorgan Chase’s wealth management arm “ Chase Private Client”; the Chase Bank corporate collection started by then Chase President David Rockefeller at the same time as his involvement in the Museum of Modern Art; Rockefeller’s personal acquisition of some of Monet’s near abstract water lily canvases; and the role of JP Morgan and other financiers in the founding of the Egyptian collection at the Metropolitan museum in 1906 which features items from their private collections depicting the sacred and intoxicating blue water lilies.




Medicine Men

Medicine Men examines cyclical patterns, a web of relations, and genealogies in relation to medicine, economy, and power (following the Rockefeller Family) on the one hand and to cosmic and psychic forces (following myths of snakes/serpents) on the other hand. I present photographs, video, objects, books, and various historic material in a sculptural installation which shifts between workshop, lab, office, and museum.




Hazel Hazel Hazel Hut

For Hazel, Hazel, Hazel, Hut I captured a spider from the grave of Paracelsus (Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist) in Saint Sebastian cemetery in Salzburg, Austria and placed it in an empty hut on a mountain nearby where I made a sculptural intervention. The hazel twig from the yard of someone named Sebastian that I used to capture the spider is shown along with a hazel tree energy amulet and a hazel nut energy bar, obtained from Alfred Svoboda, a folk healer and artist.




The Golden Hour

From Saint John Chrysostom (“Golden Mouthed”) Melkite Church to Frederic Church via coca and shamanic gold work: Coca tea brewed as medicine with water from Hudson River School landscape painter Frederic Church’s home, Olana, was bottled in gold-leafed Coca-Cola bottles. This action exists in relation to Reichel-Dolmatoff’s Goldwork and Shamanism An Iconographic Study of the Gold Museum of the Banco de la Republica, Colombia and postcards of Church’s painting The Andes of Ecuador which is housed in tobacco baron R. J. Reynold’s former home, now an art museum.




Poisons

"All things contain poison," our beloved Paracelsus wrote, "there is nothing without poison."

The same plant to cure and to kill. Tobacco is radically altered in different cultural contexts. It is used in ritual healing ceremonies in South America and has come to be known primarily as an addictive carcinogen throughout the rest of the world – a side effect of Colonialism.

Poisons constitutes a sculptural system in which the objects have been activated through use. However, visitors are confronted not with a performance, but only the residue of action and the events already past.

The work engages with how both the material thing is produced and how meaning is produced; so the installation included the equipment needed to produce the sculpture. Installing the "vessels" required filling all them. This was done using Victorian eye wash cups from which two substances were imbibed: Cat's Claw/Una de Gato liquid (a plant from the rainforest known to fight cancer) and the liquid Tobacco juice.