One cannot simply catch another to be in counterbalance and support with another. Instead, it requires the active engagement and trust of both parties to successfully counterbalance in mind, body and spirit.
It is more than just the simple definition of “a weight that balances out another weight”. This lack of poeticism reduces us to lumps of flesh and bone without intention or risk of failure - both are important.
It is more similar to the use of counterbalances within architecture as something that holds an entire building upright. Without the intention towards a larger whole, structures fail/ structures fall.
It is the moment of a movement where you let your fear and anxiety loose and trust the other person is doing the same as you move in unison to create balance between each other.
A moment that is never the same, each time a new performance. It may get easier, but it does not ever transform from a grounding routine to a sedentary one. It is because we are ever changing within ourselves that the connectivity between two people will always shift as well.
We are still individuals at heart, still have our own autonomous thoughts and dreams and pain we hold inside ourselves. We are only human and complex in this way. Despite how heavy they are, our experiences are our own. They are not something to catch or something to be taken from us. They are something to counterbalance - to recognize with compassion, to hold and treasure, to share the load for a while.
These reciprocal relationships are ones we consent to. You cannot be accidentally part of a counterbalanced moment. Instead, you must acknowledge and understand this moment requires a little of you and a little of them. You may not understand the life experiences of another wholly, but you understand enough and are committed with all your understanding.
To actively engage, to trust - both in yourself and with another is to truly support in a moment of counterbalance.
July 2017 - Present
Labanotation Installation 2017
COUNTERBALANCE: To Dance, To Not Dance
COUNTERBALANCE: Self Portrait - 9/27/17
WE ARE WOMEN
Currently grappling with the concept that women are not encouraged to support each other socially and professionally. Instead, we live in a world where girl on girl hate is common.
What would a relationship between two women look like if it was encouraged and nurtured by society? This body of work is hoping to reimagine what those relationships may look like a well as disrupt the current system that turns women against each other.
Currently working with modern dancers Therese Ronco and Lucy Wild alongside Mónika Izing, Ayano Ganaha, and Alice Johnston to explore what support looks like physically and to create a language of support through body movement.
Created 2014 - present
Drawing Lines || How We See Ourselves and Others
There are moments when one recognizes their own potential in another- moments that clarify our own truth. With the conditioned expectation as women to be subdued and small, it is revolutionary to witness women similar to yourself take up space. It is a way to support one another. This piece examines how one can be supportive to the other through recognition and mimicry.
We Are Women: Self Support to Support Others
(NOT) MY HOME
This body of work examines ideas of loneliness embedded within the essence of a place. Between moving from Baltimore to New York City, I paused in New Jersey to live in my mother’s childhood home. I struggled to find where I temporarily fit into her past and present, within a space she left many years ago.
Designed to examine how sleep affects the physical body while attending college - a place notorious for erratic sleep schedules. One photograph was taken before and after sleep.