I am from Oklahoma, a land that is governed by an ever-turbulent and dramatic climate. Growing up in Tornado Alley, I would sit on rooftops looking out over the landscape to watch wall clouds consume the sky, or go storm chasing in hopes to find a cyclone. I always wondered if the world would look differently when viewed through the eye of the storm. This project, Through the Eye of a Storm, is a narrative about a girl from Oklahoma who takes tornados with her.
As a traveling installation artist, transportation is the key to producing my site-specific work. I buy materials on location to build the installation on site, as well as use a box truck loaded with pre-fabricated sculptures to be installed along the road. I rely on photography and video to document this process, as well as to communicate the visual narrative to the viewer who is not present for the actual installation.
Through the Eye of the Storm consists of several large scale newspaper sculptures. These delicate tornados can only be transported from installation to installation in a box truck. I will be accompanied by a project assistant, who will act as a model and on-site performer with the sculptures. Your donation will help secure the proper travel equipment and staff necessary to take this installation from Tulsa, OK to the East Coast. We will stop in 5 distinct landscapes to capture the world through the eye of a storm. The culmination will be a photo-ducumentary of the traveling installation, printed in book form, as well as large format prints that are gallery ready.
In the words of Amitav Ghosh, 'Stars and Planets, after all, travel on predictable orbits - but the wind, nobody knew where the wind would choose to go. The wind was the power of change, of transformation.'
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