Collapsed Coordinates

An exhibition at Goucher College.
Baltimore, MD


Mundi/Bird
Inkjet prints on paper
24”x27” each

Jökulsárlón/Mound
Inkjet prints on paper
24”x27” each

Parallels (Retail)
Ripstop nylon, rubber, parachute cord, carabiners, grommets


Images from Iceland and Baltimore are placed side by side to form a self-reflexive contextual relationship. Thinking of Iceland as the source and Baltimore as a surrogate, I look for moments that recall a fully formed flicker of memory that allow me to inhabit both spaces at once. Referred to as ‘The Master of Two Worlds’ in Joseph Campbell’s writing about the universal hero’s journey— this moment in both spaces gives one the ability to harness a powerful energy procured from a great quest, while living in the ‘ordinary world’. The two images from Iceland are crisp and unfettered in their nature, while the Baltimore compositions possess an inherent distance, determined by one’s physical inability (restricted access) to get close.

Parallels (Retail) is a sculptural installation that references ‘art’ in retail situations and the fetishization of survivalist gear. The drawstring backpack was chosen as design contrary to the hard-wearing durational comfort of a backpacker’s bag, as these pieces are imagined as prototypes of an alternative brand to Iceland’s well-known, expensive and rugged 66° North. 39° North represents Baltimore’s geographic parallel, and the black trash bag/drawstring backpack more commonly found in an urban setting reflects survival and style in a culture with different values and priorities.