Bay Area Now 5

Eco and Narciso was created for the triennial Bay Area Now. It is a 2 panel oil on canvas documentation of a site specific performance done at the Headlands Center for the Arts. I wanted to address this site’s sound history that still echoes in the architecture. The Headlands, once having been a navy campground, projected the loud heavy stomps of men marching in and out of the buildings. As I am bent over, I look into the shadow on the floor, its past. I wanted to erase or clean up those traces of male boots and what their activity implied by mimicking the repetition through the action of mopping the floor with my own hair. I wanted to absorb the history to clean and make room for different sounds. The architecture in the paintings is almost obliterated by darkness but can be revealed by the hollow sounds of the hair slapping unto the floor.