LIVING IN AMERICAN DREAMTIME
Living in American Dreamtime is a video and material installation work created as a response to time spent living in Silicon Valley - one of the wealthiest and most privileged neighborhoods in the United States. The video component of the installation features three figures who suspend an ethereal cloud of white trash above them in the alcove of the neo-classical foyer of the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. The figures at once reference the Trinity and the Christian mythology that underpins much of American culture and are dressed to express the economic privilege of those with access to the great 'American Dream'. The leaf blowers are the excessive machine that consumes resources in a constant neurotic drive for pure progress, yet they suspend the detritus of all that is created in this quest. The soundscape is a dense field of noise and heterodyning beats created by the three motors of the leaf blowers in the resonant space of the foyer. The material component of the installation is a lush wall carpet of shredded white trash that rustles softly in the draught of a nearby fan.
Installed in the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery