Rites is a video-based exploration of milestones that are implanted in societal expectations in American culture. The work presented is to be multi-media within an installation setting, with the videos recorded on VHS tapes and to be viewed on CRT Television sets accompanied with other domestic furniture in an installation setting.

These depictions are both personal and appropriated from a history of cliches outlined in pop culture. I am revisiting personal experiences I remember from childhood that had a vast impact on my development but also have an influence that I still carry today. Especially those that were heavily affected by the loss of my father. By combining an aspect of innocence with the obvious
implication that I am now a grown man, I am trying to better understand the impact of these activities and if they truly are as significant as I have been led on to believe. Has learning how to dribble a basketball been critical in creating who I am today? Would I be where I am if I had not grown up eating cheap packed lunches?

These instances that I am portraying are also in reference to familial structure and even the state of the country during the current coronavirus pandemic. Getting my haircut from my mother is a way for us to bond and to signify time, growth, and healing. Building a ship-in-a-bottle is a representation of isolation during this time of quarantine and how it can lead to frustration with
the disbandment of this country. The videos are made to look like they have originated from the era where parents taped their children’s milestones and achievements, to then be lost forever to dusty attics and thrift stores.

Mother Cutting My Hair During Quarantine, 2020

Model Rocket, 2020

Dribbling a Basketball in the Rain, 2020

Ship in a Bottle, 2020

Packed School Lunch: Comparing Monday vs Friday, 2020

All rights reserved, 2020.