idenergy crisis #29: reading myself blind
In this recent project, I leaned heavily into my desire to combine all my forms of artmaking into a single work. Handmade paper and books, stop-motion video, and live performance of spoken and sung poetry were juxtaposed under the conceptual frame of puppetry as a way to animate ("give breath to") simultaneous narratives. The grounding personal narrative was an effort to forgive my grandmother as she loses her sight, which anchored a critique of my own experience of white male privilege conveyed through a material history of reading. Whether reading race on the body or reading conquest on the land, I was guided by questions about the binaries of rectilinear and wandering, invasive and native, literate and blind. Looking ahead, I am excited to continue with this layered aesthetic in a context of a larger collaborative ensemble. On the other hand I also feel more confident moving forward with each layer separately: giving ample space to writing projects, animation projects, and sound/musical arrangements that stand alone and speak for themselves.