altar(ity) in the woods   (it's just a nod to)      ōrō  is a site-specific performance and installation from 2016, located in a forest outside of Ålvik, Norway from 2016. This work is meant to finish the Vestige performance.  On one of my hikes I found what appeared to be a stone ruin of some sort, most likely the remains of an old home. Over the summer I had been making small watercolors of anatomical hearts. The act was less about the paintings and more about settling myself into a rhythm of daily meditation and prayer. Upon unearthing the Vestiges, I realized that the ruin I had found in the woods would be a perfect place to not only “plant” my prayer-hearts, but also my second skins. I cleaned the ruin, and then created an altar inside using materials I found within and around the structure: branches, pine needles, flowers, etc. The act of cleaning up and creating the altar was also a meditative act on my part, a gesture/performance meant to open myself up to beauty. I placed the prayer hearts on and around the altar, as well as the recently unburied Vestiges. I welcomed the local community to process with me from town to the ruin, where they were invited to place flowers and further interact with the piece through a placing of their own prayers. The altar has been left in the woods for anyone to visit and interact with. The watercolor hearts and plaster casts will eventually dissolve into the earth, transformed by the rain, finally being “planted”.
       
     
 ōrō, site-specific installation, Ålvik, Norway, 2016   
       
     
window.jpg
       
     
 a little heart
       
     
  orison in the sky    (I pray, I entreat)
       
     
  where I plant
       
     
 orison
       
     
  what gifts we give
       
     
  what gifts we take
       
     
do dream of love 2.jpg
       
     
oro definition.jpg
       
     
 altar(ity) in the woods   (it's just a nod to)      ōrō  is a site-specific performance and installation from 2016, located in a forest outside of Ålvik, Norway from 2016. This work is meant to finish the Vestige performance.  On one of my hikes I found what appeared to be a stone ruin of some sort, most likely the remains of an old home. Over the summer I had been making small watercolors of anatomical hearts. The act was less about the paintings and more about settling myself into a rhythm of daily meditation and prayer. Upon unearthing the Vestiges, I realized that the ruin I had found in the woods would be a perfect place to not only “plant” my prayer-hearts, but also my second skins. I cleaned the ruin, and then created an altar inside using materials I found within and around the structure: branches, pine needles, flowers, etc. The act of cleaning up and creating the altar was also a meditative act on my part, a gesture/performance meant to open myself up to beauty. I placed the prayer hearts on and around the altar, as well as the recently unburied Vestiges. I welcomed the local community to process with me from town to the ruin, where they were invited to place flowers and further interact with the piece through a placing of their own prayers. The altar has been left in the woods for anyone to visit and interact with. The watercolor hearts and plaster casts will eventually dissolve into the earth, transformed by the rain, finally being “planted”.
       
     

altar(ity) in the woods

(it's just a nod to)

ōrō is a site-specific performance and installation from 2016, located in a forest outside of Ålvik, Norway from 2016. This work is meant to finish the Vestige performance.

On one of my hikes I found what appeared to be a stone ruin of some sort, most likely the remains of an old home. Over the summer I had been making small watercolors of anatomical hearts. The act was less about the paintings and more about settling myself into a rhythm of daily meditation and prayer. Upon unearthing the Vestiges, I realized that the ruin I had found in the woods would be a perfect place to not only “plant” my prayer-hearts, but also my second skins. I cleaned the ruin, and then created an altar inside using materials I found within and around the structure: branches, pine needles, flowers, etc. The act of cleaning up and creating the altar was also a meditative act on my part, a gesture/performance meant to open myself up to beauty. I placed the prayer hearts on and around the altar, as well as the recently unburied Vestiges. I welcomed the local community to process with me from town to the ruin, where they were invited to place flowers and further interact with the piece through a placing of their own prayers. The altar has been left in the woods for anyone to visit and interact with. The watercolor hearts and plaster casts will eventually dissolve into the earth, transformed by the rain, finally being “planted”.

 ōrō, site-specific installation, Ålvik, Norway, 2016   
       
     

ōrō, site-specific installation, Ålvik, Norway, 2016

 

window.jpg
       
     
 a little heart
       
     

a little heart

  orison in the sky    (I pray, I entreat)
       
     

orison in the sky

(I pray, I entreat)

  where I plant
       
     

where I plant

 orison
       
     

orison

  what gifts we give
       
     

what gifts we give

  what gifts we take
       
     

what gifts we take

do dream of love 2.jpg
       
     
oro definition.jpg