Selected Projects/Installations

A Projection of the Colonial Imaginary

This body of work approaches the Canary Islands as a site which attracts agents that explore, claim, colonize and transform worlds. Christopher Columbus departed from the Canary Islands on his journeys to claim whatever he “found,” helping inaugurate Modernity — a transformation structured on lasting social inequalities, set in motion with great loss of life and freedom to colonized people. The night sky by which early explorers navigated is now mapped by the gaze of optical/infrared telescopes that dot the peaks of the islands — islands once at edge of ancient Greek maps. While colonial ships required captain and crew, autonomous planetary rovers are currently being tested on Canarian volcanic terrain standing in for alien landscapes. Lichen are colonizers of barren rocks like volcanic landforms; the organism’s ability to withstand radiation makes them prime candidates to terraform other planets. When intelligent robots and lichen become the first colonizers of other planets, then what?

Metabolization Sequence / Disarticulation Sequence / Propagation Sequence

These three "sequences" were developed from working in archaeological contexts -- in collections, laboratories, and excavation sites. The works pursues an archeology that eschews the centrality of humans and instead engages with the entanglements of an anthropos -- from metabolic to ecological -- ensnared in deep time’s surreal dimensions. The work is oriented around 3 archeology sites: a pre-Homo sapiens lower Paleolithic site more than 335,000 years old; a 40-50,000 year old middle Paleolithic site with Neanderthal and Homo sapiens layers; and a Neolithic site from approximately 5,500 years ago. Taken together the installation uses the ancient past to offer views on how the momentum of the present propels us towards the future.

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.


"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.