Inhabitable Postcards


Quilted Printed Fabric and thread. 2014


An indoor picnic on inhabitable postcards

In the spring of 2014 I participated in a Studio Seminar as a part of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative at UC Berkeley. Our Seminar was called No Cruising: Mobile Identities and Urban Life in Los Angeles and we made several trips to LA over the course of the spring. My focus became researching the Minnesota Picnics which were part of a larger series of picnics held by midwestern states-people who identified as Minnesotan, Iowan, etc… but lived in Los Angeles in the 20th Century.  My aunt, a Minnesotan currently in her 70s had lived in LA for a year with my grandmother at some point near the end of the 1940’s. Through my interview with her I discovered that they went there for a year to accompany a friend whose daughter was unwell and it was believed that the Southern California climate would help heal her ailments. She never attended a Minnesota picnic but I found several newspaper clippings for the once annual event. At the Long Beach historical society I got to look at their collection of historic photographs from the Iowa Picnics that were traditionally held at Bixby Park. Inspired by images of those mid 20th century pictures I set out to photograph the sites as they stand now, and made picnic blanket quilts based on my photographs. After presenting them in our final seminar, we enjoyed a picnic lunch on the blankets, prompting a guest critic to call them Inhabitable Postcards.

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Scavenging Sculptures


Graphite on Paper, C-Prints, Gelatin Silver Prints. 20 x 24 inches each. 2013

I lived in West Oakland from 2007-2013, across the street from a cement factory and near a metal recycling facility. Trucks line up on the street to await their turn to drop the scavenged materials at the recycling plant. I spent time on the street with the drivers and their trucks by using my large format camera to photograph them, and then continued the process by drawing the trucks. Acting as a scavenger myself, I redrew these delicate temporary sculptures as an effort to honor the work of accumulating and building the trash heaps in the first place.
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Postcard Project #1


In 2005 I traveled from Portland, Oregon down the west coast to Los Angeles, CA before embarking on my third season in Antarctica. I had with me a set of 100 numbered postcards I had collected or made, which were stamped and addressed to myself, that I then left along the way. Postcards were left in public and private spaces. I received 19 of the postcards, with varied notes. My favorite response the one which outlines “The Five Fallacies about Life”