holding my breath, holding dad's face

holding my breath, holding dad's face. 2016. 10:09. digital video

My latest work features myself and two-sided rubber masks I made by hand out of molds and casts from my own and my parents’ faces. The wearable face itself references the tradition of death masks, but is used as a tool to perform immortalization for the future rather than act as a memento of the past that merely sits on a shelf. Through this video work I hold the mask by holding my breath almost longer than I can bear.

  Magic the Gallery: Part III , Magic the Gallery, Austin TX / curated by Courtney Allen and Julia Ham - 2016

Magic the Gallery: Part III, Magic the Gallery, Austin TX / curated by Courtney Allen and Julia Ham - 2016

  MFA Show 2017, Sullivan Galleries, SAIC, Chicago IL  / curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm with Rachel Haber, Jameson Paige, Hannah Pivo, and Pia Singh

MFA Show 2017, Sullivan Galleries, SAIC, Chicago IL / curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm with Rachel Haber, Jameson Paige, Hannah Pivo, and Pia Singh