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Don't Forget to Tuck in Your Napkin


Don't Forget to Tuck in Your Napkin

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Don't Forget to Tuck in Your Napkin


Don't Forget to Tuck in Your Napkin

Don't Forget to Tuck In Your Napkin is an homage to attempts to reconcile the profanity of defecation with the loftiness of spiritual ritual. This series is not an explicit attack of organized religion or individual spirituality; it is an explicit celebration of defecation, in all its diversity and universality. 


Personal Ritual, video installation, 2014

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Spreading the Shit, Participatory Performance, 2015

A group of fourteen people is gathered for an art event. The following statement is read aloud:

Dear peers, friends,

For too long has society unjustly shamed the natural and universal (OUR natural and universal) act of shitting. For too long have our buttholes, from which our shit is daily resprung, been hidden from and forgotten by our friends, our lovers, ourselves. We are in an era of spiritual constipation, for without flowing colons of crap, no love through our souls may flow. For when not all of humanity knows regularity in celebration, in despair regularity is known by no one. While all of humanity is deserving of a life of spiritually soft stools, only a few command their bowels fully, and these few are those chosen to spread the glory of the butthole, the shit, and the healthy bowels. I send this message as a call to those who see and reject the shackles by which society has enslaved transcendent defecation. I send this message as a call to those who see and reject the auto-shunning of shit by which society has driven shame into our hearts, into our souls, into our bowels. If you are one of these blessed by buttholes with knowledge of all bowels and joyous in pooping, join me in spreading the nugget of intestinal grace!

Group participants are asked to lower their heads and close their eyes. They are asked to raise their hands if they wish to be “blessed by buttholes with knowledge of all bowels and...join me in spreading the nugget of intestinal grace.” They are told that I will circle the room and touch the hands of certain individuals who have them raised. Many participants raise their hands, half of the participants are touched. All participants are asked to lower their hands, raise their heads, and open their eyes. Those whose hands have been touched are asked to follow me out of the room momentarily.

A few minutes pass. 

Selected participants return to the room wearing poop brooches constructed with MDF board and wax. As they settle back into the room with the other participants who were excluded from the “ritual” outside, those not selected bombard those returning with questions. The selected participants chuckle as they vaguely answer the questions, only recalling a life-changing, enlightening experience.