Tiny Love Letters is a project that connects broken hearts with lonely ones through random serendipitous acts. At first I asked random people to tell me something romantic, in eight words or less, that they would like to say to someone, but that would not be well recieved by the person for which it is intended. I write the phrase with caligraphy pen on a tiny square of handmade paper, fold it into a tiny envelope and close it with a wax seal and the tiniest hand illustrated stamp. Then I hide it out in the world- sometimes atop empty barstools, sometimes inside payphonone change slots, sometimes in the produce at the grocery store… The idea that the stranger who finds this note unexpectedly will receive it in such a warm way that your message will ilicit the response you would have hoped for, albeit a different recipient.
You can view the photo gallery for Tiny Love Letters here.
Slow Dances With Strangers is partly an art installation, partly a social experiment and partly a busking act. For this project, I travel around the world carrying a small portable record player and a case of old soul 45’s and try to convince strangers in the street to dance with me. It’s a way to bring people out of their comfort zones unexpectedly, but also a way for two people to learn to connect and communicate through physical contact, when often times they are unable to communicate through speech- whether it be a language berrier or general misinterpretation. Dancing allows two people to step into one another’s rhythmn and understand each other in a way that is not possible through any other form of communication. It’s remarkable to experience how easy it can be to physically connect with a stranger using only the simple mechanics of physics and how body movement so plainly demonstrates the importance of guidance and comprimise.
I also write about my experience here, on blog entitled Slow Dances With Strangers.
I’m So Happy You’re Here was an installation at Booty’s Street Food in New Orleans in 2015. I built giant bug creatures out of cardboard who were designed to represent humans in the modern world. These creatures are so preoccupied with their own little self-indulgent worlds (the mosquito is listening to its ipod, the rat is drinking a cup of coffee while in its phone and laptop) that they don’t even notice themselves drifting dangerously closer and closer into the master spider chef’s giant web.
Pee Wee’s Playhouse was an installation at Booty’s Street Food in 2014. A sucker for nostalgia and for art directed toward children, I built something of a replica world of the television show I valued most as a child. Each day the robot trash can would have taped under its lid the “Secret Word Of the Day”. Apparently the band Better Than Ezra did a photoshoot with my Pee Wee installation, though I have yet to see it…