Created for a residency program at the Soap Factory, this piece was made in direct response to the fatal shooting of a young black man named Philando Castile in St. Paul, MN (which happened on the first day of the residency program). Shadowy life sized human figures express silent postures of surrender and resistance. Red threads flow from red dots on bodies in a collective direction - dissapearing into a small dark hole drilled into the ground. The figures face an intimately life sized cave made of *buckthorn roots.
Contemplating the violent language around "eraticating invasive species" as well as the "nappy hair" quality of these roots (also harkening to pubic hair). These two elements converse with one another around topics of power, violence, identity, sexuality, sense of place and collective experiences of issolation, death and transcendence.
*Buckthorn roots are an "invasive species" of small trees/shrubs that are taking over forested in Minnesota.