Beginning with the phrase “origin of the world,” I trace the etymologies of each of these words through their histories. In a variety of early languages including Avestan, Proto-Germanic, Old Frisian, Old High German, Old Norse, and Proto-Indo-European, I investigate how far back these etymologies reach and at what point this phrase finally disintegrates. […]Read more "Origin of the world"
A collection of objects representing the names of satirical newspapers in politically repressive countries: the Crocodile (Krokodil) and the Stag Beetle from the USSR; Eugenspiegel from East Germany; the Hornet (Ad-Dabbour) in Syrian-occupied Lebanon; Lúdas Matyi from Hungary; the Porcupine (Dikobraz) and the Nettle (Koprivy) from Czechoslovakia; and the Needles (Szpilki) from Poland.Read more "Puns are no longer allowed"
These necklaces, designed with simulation terra cotta gilding bole and gold leaf on hand-cut paper, represent two of seven tongue twisters from a series embodying the role of aggressor in a homicide against a gay and autistic teenager. Through preciousness and material allure, they attempt to narrate the fragility and illegibility of random acts of […]Read more "Homicides for the tongue"
In San Francisco, interring a body or even cremating it is illegal. There are no cemeteries in San Francisco. The Presidio and Mission Dolores graves found loopholes. Otherwise, we comply by exporting our corpses southbound to Colma, the “cemetery town.” We’re left behind in a weird, bodiless vacuum of a city. And yet, the Diego, […]Read more "Stained glass window: a reliquary for a bodiless city"
Four Acts represents a meditation on the pleasures and perils of violence and the forms that crime and aggression take. These are forms that I link to the imagined moment of impact when committing a vehicle break-in, to the preciousness of the desire to take what is visible but belongs to others in the act of […]Read more "Four acts of aggression/ four acts against aggression"