Triptych of Divine Vanity and Earthly Salvation, 2013
Ink on paper, cardboard, masking tape, hot glue, fake flowers, mardi gras beads, spray foam insulation, spray paint.
60” x 40” x 2”
On view in Divine at Leedy Voulkos Art Center through March 1st. (Selected for Purchase Award in this juried exhibition)
Triptychs, originating in early Christian art, are commonly found as altarpieces. They often illustrate moral themes and religious stories. Original triptychs were comissioned by the Church to speak in the language of captivating art to the lower classes. Now, with so many stories being created without any “official” moral, new moral tales can come to the surface without repression- captivating art can made by the lower classes, not just received. This is one of our stories. As artists, we feel a reverent humility in taking ordinary materials and moments and attempting to elevating them, with appreciation, care, and metallic spray paint, to something sacred, or dare we say, divine.
In collaboration with Flora Mahaffy, we created a highly interactive performance for Sperms to Worms, a 12-hour play organized by Savannah Reich.
Sperms to Worms featured 12 one-hour performances by 12 different artists or groups. Conceived as a journey through human life, each performance represented of a different phase in the human life cycle. The first hour was birth, the next years 0-3, and so on until the group death in hour 12.
The three of us created a performance for hour 5, which represented age 20-25. We took the audience out of the theater and on a journey of angst, rebellion, and infatuation. We seduced them with ideology, started a riot, marched, played games, snuggled, and at the end of the hour, sat them down and broke up with them. It wasn’t them, it was us.