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Into the Spurge Bush

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Into the Spurge Bush

Into the Spurge Bush is an installation comprised of sculptures and videos. It began as an exploration of youth gross culture, navigating interaction rituals such as flatulence, burping, and general oozing. The exploration also looked at he public-private space behind-the-bush as a frequent and ideal setting for these rituals.

In the installation, there are two primary roles of the objects and videos, both attempting to facilitate a simulation among viewers of a youth gross culture interaction ritual. These roles are derived from Durkheim's theory of interaction rituals. The first role is the delineation of space, the separation of the ritual space from the outside world. The second role is the charged objects, vessels into which participants might store their heightened emotional energies, and from which these energies might be withdrawn to maintain group solidarity outside the ritual.  


Delineation of Space

MDF, polyester stuffing, fabric, wheat-pasted digital print, silicon, acrylic, video


Charged Objects

MDF, fabric, acrylic, wax