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Gopi, 2015. C-Print. 20" x 30". Performance documentation. Photo credit: Emily Schiffer

Gopi, 2015. C-Print. 20" x 30". Performance documentation.

Gopi, 2015. Performance documentation. Photo credit: Emily Schiffer

Gopi, 2015. Installation view; Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

Trough, 2016. Performance documentation; video credit: Alisa Yang

Trough, 2016. C-Print, 30" x 40". Performance documentation. Photo credit: Emily Schiffer

Trough, 2016. C-Print, 30" x 40". Performance documentation. Photo credit: Emily Schiffer

Trough, 2016. Performance documentation. Video credit: Niki Williams

Herd, 2015. Performance documentation. Nine participants write about their experience of an interspecies exchange; documentation only exists through written accounts.

Herd II, 2016. C-Print, 20" x 30". Performance documentation; Photo credit: Niki Williams

Herd II, 2016. Performance documentation; Photo credit: Jon Verney

Herd II, 2016. Performance documentation; Photo credit: Jon Verney

Between Love, 2016. Wood, MDF board, Paint, Leather Cord, Assorted Horse bits. 8' x 10' x 10'. Artist visualizes the tension between loving an animal and subjugating said animal.

Between Love, 2016. Wood, MDF board, Paint, Leather Cord, Assorted Horse bits. 8' x 10' x 10'. Artist visualizes the tension between loving an animal and subjugating said animal.

Burgazada Ride, 2016. Digital Video.

Excerpt from a 30 minute carriage ride around the island of Burgazada, one of the Prince Islands, off the coast of Istanbul. No motor vehicles are permitted on the island therefore the locals utilize horse-drawn carriages or bicycles for transport. The driver, Fatiyh, is a third generation carriage owner and driver. The hardware and carriage attached to the horses was handmade by his grandfather.

Empathy Drawing no. 3, 2016. Graphite on paper. 11" x 17".

The artist conducted interviews, presenting participants with a list of questions translated into Turkish. The participant then answered the questions as the artist sat across from them. The language barrier presented a unique opportunity to "map" the empathy in the conversation by paying close attention to body language and other gestural nuances. The artist mapped this in graphite and then translated the drawings into fiber sculptures (below).

Empathy Sculpture no. 3, 2016. Mixed media. 38" x 19" x 4".

All materials were produced in Turkey. The artist translated the preceding line drawing into a fiber sculpture using a technique called "shirring".

Empathy Sculpture no. 3, 2016. (detail)

Countering the Bull, 2016. Two-hour site-specific performance; photo documentation. Two women clutch each other in silence on top of the hyper masculinized sculpture, faces covered by a veil of lace that is reminiscent of grandmother’s curtains. The gesture of compassion towards one another makes the aggressive sculpture secondary as a focal point. This was a two-hour performance in Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey.

Countering the Bull, 2016. Two-hour site-specific performance; video documentation.

Bargaining Tool (2,000 lbs), 2016. 2,000 pounds of sweet feed. 46" x 72" x 70".

A feeder cow consumes this amount of grain from six months to approximately one year. At around one year, they go to slaughter. The animal consumes without awareness or understanding of the intent with which they’re served with the feed. Cow consumes grain, cow supplies fertilizer for grain, human consumes cow.

Bargaining Tool (2,000 lbs), 2016. 2,000 pounds of sweet feed. Video documentation.

Catching the Tail End, 2016. Cow tail. 12" x 6" x 3"

Emblem of Rural Quiet, 2017. Performance video.

Keeping Everyone Comfortable, 2017. Sound Installation. 24' x 8' x 6'. (In Progress)

Keeping Everyone Comfortable, 2017. Sound Installation. 24' x 8' x 6'. (In Progress)

We are Flesh, Fat, and Blood, 2016. Performance Video.

Closer to Closure, 2017. Tanned cow hide, gold-plated wire. 3' x 4.5' x 3.75'

Closer to Closure, 2017. Tanned cow hide, gold-plated wire. 3' x 4.5' x 3.75' (Detail)

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