In 2003 I decided to become a Locksmith as research to inform my art practice. When many of my friends and colleagues found out about this they encouraged me to do diabolical actions such as, stealing things or breaking into places, and then frame the action as “art”. Instead, the body of artwork that came out of this research yielded pieces that were by and large about liberation and breaking free of keys. At the same time that I became a Locksmith I also started practicing yoga. I did this to compare how we lock and guard our spaces to how we lock and guard our bodies. The two bodies of research informed one and other and many of Locksmithing pieces borrowed from yogic philosophy to explicate the “attachment” that many people experience regarding keys and the relationships, places, and things that their keys allow them to access. Eventually I decided that my next career/research-project was going to be as a yoga instructor. After 4 years of schooling and apprenticing I started teaching yoga. I taught for almost 3 years and then stopped. When asked why I usually site various reasons ranging from “I wasn’t good at it” to “it was ruining my personal yoga practice.” During this time I was also making artwork about being a yoga teacher. Again, many people had suggestions and desires about the kind of art pieces that could come out of this research. Many thought that I would make pieces about liberation and helping people, similar to the Locksmithing projects. Instead my research as a yoga instructor yielded works or art that were thematically similar to the Locksmithing pieces but used subtle (and not-so-subtle), passive-aggressive, forced-coercion tactics to herd or manipulate the viewer into doing things they would not normally do in public. Though in each of the Locksmithing pieces I was increasingly aware that I was deliberately posturing students into awkward and vulnerable positions in public, the yoga-teaching pieces were much less subtle and were often directly confrontational. This is what drove me away from yoga teaching. The power dynamic that exists in the yoga studio was too intense and seemed far too easy for me to manipulate (though I never did). I realized that what interested me most about my locksmithing research and yoga teaching was that both examinations explicated the ways that each of us create (or are forced to create) very private moments in very public ways. So, I began an investigation into how we share public space and maintain our privacy outside the confines of our own homes (please see the body of work entitled “Contractor” for more information.) The pieces in this section were directly born from my research as a yoga instructor. Most physically taxed my body in ways facilitated by yoga my practice and pushed the boundaries of audience members personal space.

Yoga Teacher Series, 2007-2010 | 2011 | Yoga Teacher