10,000 Droplets Series

Drawings and Paintings

What Sneeze Are You, video, 1 min 36 sec, 2010

 

A virus can spread across the human race as fast and as insistently as its pictorial image is communicated through the media. Its influence is as far reaching as the anxiety it creates, completely underestimated, destructive, and communicable. My current body of work explores not just the imagery and social response to a pandemic threat, but also the viral spread of information about its danger. 10,000 Droplets shifts the focus of my concept from the idea of a contagion’s infection to its transmission.

10 Droplets is the depiction of sneezes’ expelled aerosol droplets. These large-scale black and white charcoal drawings and watercolor painting capture the body’s semi-autonomous response to a variety of triggers, conveying both the randomness of a sneeze’s pattern and of the distance of its trajectory. In this way, the marks made reference performance art and the process of creating them, action painting. The artworks draw from public health information provided by the Centers for Disease Control as source material.

“What Sneeze Are You?” is a three channel video piece, that recalls public health service announcements featured in the 1970s, while simultaneously referencing contemporary social media, like Facebook with their “what superhero are you?” quizzes. The “patients” who appear in the film invite the viewers to associate themselves with the sound their sneeze makes, while at the same eliciting an automatic repulsive reaction to the expulsion. Are you the full bodied sneezer or perhaps the performance sneezer? Through its composition in space, “What Sneeze Are You?” is directed at the viewer.