Procedures for Entering Enclosed Spaces was created in response to the 2016 US presidential election. Upon reflecting on this current era of megalomaniac world leaders, I wanted to provide a community-based project that invites individuals to choose various methods for wellness and self-care.
The policies enacted by our current president and Republican-controlled Congress have contributed to an increasingly unsafe environment for marginalized people across identities; intensifying anxieties amongst people of color, and queer and trans communities. Recognizing that the government will actively advocate against these communities highlights the need for community-driven resources.
Procedures was created to mobilize people to think critically about self-sabotage, personal isolation, and the choice to engage in (or disengage from) the world when feeling the weight of forces far beyond individual control.
The journey through Procedures begins with a replica of an occupational safety poster stating the urgency for taking precautions. A user’s manual is provided to guide the viewers through each potential choice of engagement. Should the viewer decide to enter the “enclosed space”, they are instructed to open the doorway to reveal a directive message.
This project was created in collaboration with Flynn Bickley, a fantastic mixed media sculptor and doll maker. With his dedication and skills, together we were able to transform my vision into an immersive 3D world of heartbreaking and joyous eye candy.
I want to give a big round of thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped us with EVERYTHING, especially my community of queer & trans and people of color radical thinkers for allowing me to interview them. With their input and candid conversations, I was able to construct a cohesive yet small beginning of what I hope will become an extensive user's guide for the revolution. In no particular order I’d like to thank:
Kiyomi Fujikawa, Joaquin Uy, Peta Pottinger, Airen Lydick, Becka Tilsen, Elliat Graney-Saucke, Yasmeen Perez, Dorian Taylor, S.Naomi Finkelstein, Amelia Quinn Mentzer, Renee Jarreau Greene, Leilani Davenberry, Bretts, Raven, G.H. Dean, Dawn Marie Trouvé, Jessica Davis, Flynn Bickley, Shelley Shore, every single person in my group therapy especially my two therapists, Carina Del Rosario, Kira Helm, Wil Bailey, Second Use Building Materials, Maura Shapely of Day Moon Press, Sarah Brown, Jenny Lowery, Tsengyang Vang, Ian Davis, Elise Garvey, Dash Eberhart, Loraine Kanervisto, Erin Moon, Samonte Cruz
“We must fight for your life…” quote is by James Baldwin, from An Open Letter to Angela Davis, 1970