American Veteran’s Day 2016

  The fact that my brother now has Donald Trump as Commander in Chief is crazy making. I fear for him as I have never feared for him in my life. And he’s a cis gendered heterosexual traditional marriage with family white man. He’s also the man responsible for several LGBTQIA+ events at his base. […]

Opening Night

ALTAR took place in January 2016 in Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. ALTAR was comprised of four sections that all referenced one another. These consisted of the six curtained photographs in the front gallery, seven poems, five objects, and a live ritual. ALTAR explored two major themes. These were consent and healing through distress. Consent is very […]

Good Trauma

Hear the sound file. Good Trauma I harm people to help them heal themselves. Sounds backwards doesn’t it? And yet, it is the essence of what I do. I create rituals to both compliment and counteract allopathic, orthopedic, psychiatric medicine as well as untreated and unacknowledged spiritual and emotional traumas. What I do is known […]

The ALTAR ritual

This was a ritual of emergence from old patterns and old identities. In many cases rituals require the acknowledgment or witnessing by one’s community, family, or peers. In this instance when one sheds a previous skin the person may also be shedding previous ties to people. In having the ritual live in a public setting […]

Objects and Ideas

On one wall of Tent Gallery were five small 12 inch by 12 inch objects. They were more like sharing a 3-D sketch book page, a place where one could see ideas forming for future pieces from where I was during the show. All together they do read like ritual objects whose nature has not […]

Why Poetry?

Ordeal Path work tends towards the extremely personal journey. It is usually, but not always, an intimate affair. Telling the story of why each person wanted to go through the rituals they did with traditional prose leaves very little room for connection and empathy.  Specifics are for those who are undergoing the ritual. Poetry allows for […]

ALTAR – Teasers for the show

I created two weeks worth of daily teasers to lead up to the show. I made seven text based teasers from the poetry featured and seven image based teasers featuring images I wasn’t going to use from the photo shoots, but that were compelling and interesting.

Viewing ALTAR Online

It is a challenge to showcase interactive art experiences online. I have set up the slider (and placed the links below)so that if you click on the abstracted image it will take you to: The curtain. The full picture of that person’s ordeal The poem that tells their story. It is the best way to […]

Tiger’s Ordeal

Matthew’s Ordeal