{ remnants } of a { ritual }

 

Installation Documentation / First exhibited at UC Santa Cruz in May 2019.

A gif showcasing the lighting and projection in  { remnants } of a { ritual }

A gif showcasing the lighting and projection in { remnants } of a { ritual }

Visitors during the show opening

Visitors during the show opening

Close-up detail of the sculpture’s crystallize love letters

Close-up detail of the sculpture’s crystallize love letters

Photograph of the main sculpture, and detail shots from the installation’s pedestals

Photograph of the main sculpture, and detail shots from the installation’s pedestals

A bowl filled with love letters sits at the center of  { remnants } of a { ritual }

A bowl filled with love letters sits at the center of { remnants } of a { ritual }

Photograph courtesy of David Pace (2019)

Photograph courtesy of David Pace (2019)


FLOOR LAYOUT

Elevated floor plan of the installation

Elevated floor plan of the installation


prompts

Figure 5 - A prompt from  { remnants } of a { ritual }

Figure 5 - A prompt from { remnants } of a { ritual }

A visitor writing a love letter on a Venezuelan bolívar

A visitor writing a love letter on a Venezuelan bolívar

A gallery visitor participating in the ritual of writing a love letter

A gallery visitor participating in the ritual of writing a love letter

crystallization

A love letter in the process of being crystallized

A love letter in the process of being crystallized

A crystallized love letter written on vellum reads, “I’ve waited for you”

A crystallized love letter written on vellum reads, “I’ve waited for you”


RITUAL PROCESS

Photographs courtesy of Matthew Ragan

Photographs courtesy of Matthew Ragan

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collecting the remnants

After the love letters soaked overnight, they became crystallized remnants. I would delicately remove them from the bowl, one by one, to be placed to dry,

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restarting the cycle

The bowl would be refilled with boiling water. I would mix in and dissolve the borax used for crystallization.

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the remnants

After the crystallized remnants were dry, I would suspend them off the perimeter of the central sculpture.

A crystallized Venezuelan bolívar

A crystallized Venezuelan bolívar