The Magical Theater (2014) , Oak Street pop-up gallery, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Inspired by Herman Hesse's Steppenwolf, this was an installation of cotton sculptures based on the wolf’s form, exploring human psychology, particularly the contrast between our internal, emotional worlds, what we project outwardly, and others' perceptions of us. While the most "evolved” of the animal kingdom, we are ultimately animals. Hunting, mating, howling, sleeping, tending to our young, are all instincts we have in common with other mammals. We may dress these up with sophisticated theories and approaches, but ultimately, the lower brain often dictates our survival or demise. Through these wolves, I portray the animal within each of us.
The sculptures were lit from below and positioned onto slow-rotating motors, casting large, moving shadows onto the gallery walls.
“Only within yourself exists that other reality for which you long.
I can give you nothing that has not already its being within yourself…”
- Excerpt from Steppenwolf, by Herman Hesse