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Brainwashing, 2005-2008

This performance is an ongoing social experiment and has taken place in the U.S., Mexico, Switzerland and most recently at the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

I pose myself as a ‘lavandera,’ a stereotype of a Latina woman washing. Sitting on a low wooden bench in a desolate silo, I wash a animal’s brain, gently at first and increasingly rougher, using a sponge, a toothbrush and my hands. A basin of murky water and a disintegrated brain are the residues left behind. I wash my hands and walk away with indifference. The piece can be read on a political level, reflecting the loss of individuality within an imposed culture.

Performance O2, 2006

Masks: vinyl, elastic, plastic bag. 15” x 5” x 6”
O2 celebrates the intimacy of two individuals sharing their oxygen as a means of coexistence and survival. Within the volatile space of the oxygen mask, both sustenance and desperation underlie the fragility of oxygen within our own environment.

House Walk – 2005

House walk is an exploration of the space we define around us: our personal bubble of protection. Our perception of space is entirely cultural, it moves and shifts around us as we migrate and explore other cultures. In the performance, a cloth house walks aimlessly and blindly, following an imaginary path constructed only by the performer’s memory of her daily walk. The experience, while seemingly playful and cartoon-like, is disorienting and claustrophobic.

Mobile Homes – Performance – 2005

Installation at the “Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo,” in Leon, Mexico.

Installation of wearable structures is based on the archetypal image of a house. The wearable tent-like structures are made of canvas with PVC pipe frames and hang from a rusting clothes-drying rack. Participants activate the structures by stepping into them, as if stepping into empty shells. When one house moves it propels the next one to move, each one blindly following the other. mo·bile homes choreographs body movement while exploring the endless and disorienting monotony of sub-urbanization.