Artwork > Bite

A bone in my foot has died. Often when a bone dies the rest of the body feels no symptoms. Pain only arises after the death progresses to the point that the bone is near collapsing. Sheep’s horns often grow back into their skull.

Touching is a way of thinking and understanding. It grounds us in our bodies and helps us relate ourselves to our surroundings. Even when not touching, through seeing, the mind calculates what a texture or curve might feel like. Motor systems in the brain are active when performing an action, as well as when observing someone else perform that action. Subconsciously, without moving, the mind responds to the physical gestures that it sees as though it were performing the gesture itself. This is how seeing is not only a way of feeling, but also a form of empathy, as your body unconsciously feels what it sees.

This body of work explores touch as a way to try to physically grapple with what cannot be seen or touched such as parts of ourselves that we repress or that are difficult to cope with.

The works play with what is possible, they loop in on themselves and fluidly change between seemingly oppositional states, such as violence and affection, conscious and unconscious.

This body of work was primarily made while I was in grad school. My full thesis could be found here. LINK

Dip In
Watercolor on Paper
48” x 108”
2015
Dip In
Watercolor on Paper
48” x 108”
2015
Pinch
Beeswax
4" x 12" x 12"
2015
Pinch
Beeswax
4" x 12" x 12"
2015
Foot Moving In
HD video
2014
Two Wolves
Mixed media, fur and rope
9” x 16” x 18”
2016
Tie Them Up
HD video 2:03
2016
Untitled (Horns)
Bison Horns
2" x 12" x 12"
2015
Untitled (Horns)
Bison Horns
2" x 12" x 12"
2015
Fur Figure
h26" x w24" x w17"
2014
Fur Figure
Black Fur
h26" x w24" x w17"
2014
Lift Through
Photo collage
20" x 16 1/4"
2014
Hands and Black
Photo collage and caulk
12 3/4" x 10 3/4"
2014
Cats under skin
HD video Loop (03:06)
2014
Wrist to Fingernail
Dry Point Etching
25 x 36 1/2
2013
Detail of Wrist to Fingernail
Dry Point Etching
25 x 36 1/2
2013
Vulture Love
HD video 00:39
2014
Angela Lopez
Melt the Snowflake
Animation
02:24 (Loop)
2014