MIGRATION opened at Pacific Luthern University, in Tacoma Washington, March 2017. This work investigates multiple levels of migration starting at the local level in Tacoma, reaching to global, and metaphysical levels through sculptural installation, video, and large format painting.
Flight Patterns / Video Installation / 2 - 60x60" paintings
The video and accompanying paintings are based on observations from my studio of daily aerial local migrations.
Each morning a large continuous stream of crows would fly north from their regular nightly roosting spot. In the evenings, they would fly south largely on the same flight path and their travels could be set to the rising and setting of the sun.
However, the birds were not the only ones regularly traversing the sky.
With the tremendous amount of military infrastructure, activity, and training in the area, various aircrafts associated in these endeavors would routinely share the same air space taking off and landing at nearby JBLM. The sounds would often draw me out of my studio to observe.
The video is comprised of footage of these local migrations overlapped together numerous times and mixed with a song that I had written and performed at my mother’s memorial service last summer. For this video and in an attempt for the music to be both expressly personal while also outside of myself, I excerpted the first line of the song, translated it into Italian, and modified the vocals to be an octave higher resulting in what you are hearing now.