In medieval folklore the term familiar spirit was used to describe supernatural entities that could help people through magic, generally these entities took on animal forms. In the show Familiar Spirit, a candle light vigil took place. Modes of symbolism related to the perils of oppression, revolt and nature were investigated provoking feelings of both doom and transcendence. The endemic crisis of white supremacist patriarchy was an underlying cause. To counteract the trauma, forms of realism were employed to depict scenes that invoke divination, positioning the Earth as having secrets or forms of mystical healing which we are unaware.
Pastel drawings of animals and objects served as portals into a world in which we dont have full access. The animals depicted watch over a scene inhabited by alarming sculptural figures, ideas of the hunter and hunted can be experienced here along with an imbued aura of the all-knowing.
The figurative sculptures were made in direct response to the issues stated above in combination with my history and research in performance art; examining the performability of the body and its limits. These figures are spirits, traversing reflexive political, social and intimate conditions.
(working and living in a border city pushes a heightened awareness)