Shelter-in-Place is a series of one-hour long video performances I started doing in my Brooklyn apartment during the quarantine period for the COVID-19 pandemic. I perform simple actions, often staying in one spot, fixating my gaze on one object such as a clock, my own shadow or reflection. As life outside came to a halt, I wanted to stay even more still inside exploring issues of isolation, passing time, confronting myself and our new reality.
I Can't Breathe
In solidarity with #blacklivesmatter, #saytheirnames.
Overview of the series.
I am counting up to 38, the maximum number of bodies that can fit inside a large refrigerated truck. I am looking at one outside my window, parked near a hospital across the road.
In the course of one hour I repeatedly dial the New York Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance number.
I inhale and exhale to the maximum capacity of my lungs.
Facing the Shadow
I look at my own shadow.
It's Okay to Touch My Face, Now
I wash my hands with soap and water for 59 minutes then, for the last minute of the hour, I touch my face.
Cage Within a Cage
I create an even more restrictive space in my apartment to pass the hour in.
Referencing 'The Thinker' sculpture by Auguste Rodin, I question my role as an artist in the midst of the pandemic.
I hide behind the American flag.
Racing Against the Clock
I watch time go by.
Confronting Oneself, Unrecognizing Oneself, Accepting Oneself
I look at my own reflection.