I Am Within
Featured in the New York Times on September 30, 2011.
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I Am Within was a temporary sculpture installation and performance project
Freshkills Park, NYC, August 20 through October 2nd, 2011
Am Within was the first sculpture installation ever at
Freshkills Park. It was located on the northern landfill mound, the
capping and closure of which was completed by the New York City Department in
Sanitation in 1996.
the performance event on September 17th, the artist wore a giant,
unwieldy headdress that mimicked the shape of the sculptures. Unlike the
sculptures, the heavy arms did not tether her to the ground. Instead, they rose
upwards, suggesting balloons, as if at any moment she would float away into the
sky. However, the harness was noticeably very heavy and hard to carry, so any
hope of flight was diminished. Instead, she moved among the sculptures imitating
their movements, eventually shedding the heavy weight and walking away leaving
it as an empty shell next to the sculptures.
Am Within is about our connection to the earth and to each other. The
sculptural figures and the accompanying performance represent the dual hope and
futility of mankind’s intervention with nature. They are reaching out in hopes
of mobility, but the multiple limbs serve only to tether the figures to the
earth and tangle them in their own folly.
Am Within was
supported by an Art Fund Grant from the New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs and the Council for the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island (COAHSI).
project was also supported by New York Custom Fabricators, Inc., and was
presented with the cooperation of the New York City Department of Parks and
Recreation and the New York City Department of Sanitation.
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