Singles Faire is a new body of work that uses instructional physical therapy diagrams to reimagine narratives. The seemingly serene forms in these works take on new identities when we place a hyper-focus on the subtle interplay between male and female postures what was once a neutered illustration becomes a potential enticement toward the opposite sex. The added layer of ambiguity derived from implied non-verbal communication between subjects opens the works to multiple interpretations, from humor to repulsion.
The Singles Faire paintings are created on New York City and Washington, DC transit fare cards. These slips of paper intensify metaphors of passage and journey, with the medium developing an unexpected, layered meaning for these small-scale works. A variety of techniques including media transfer, watercolor, and drawing help to achieve images that are at once clinical/meaningless and also imbued with a queer emotional context.
The series offers a new perspective on the physical, mental, and cultural environments of healing, as well as the simple, amusing nature of being human. I chose to employ a quasi-scientific sociological lens of rehabilitation to explore what regaining physical optimization may lead to in the arena of desirability. After a serious fall, my own experiences with physical therapy lead to new viewpoints and mediations on healing. What was once an accident has now largely informed the methodical execution and playful insight needed to produce these works.
Singles Faire serves as part of an ongoing dialogue in my work that explores destruction and reconstruction of the body using macro- and micro-contextual lenses.