blueprints + origins
blueprints + origins is a site-specific installation reflecting the iconography and ideals rooted in the neighborhood surrounding 80 Red River Street in Austin, Texas during the final days before the Villas On Town Lake complex— the place the artist has called home for over 11 years — is demolished. Spanning from the property’s history as a meat and poultry plant, to its future projected state as a high-rise, these artworks memorialize public and private mythologies in flux. Drawing from residences’ reflections of the neighborhood’s history - wild chickens escaping slaughter to become free food for locals; a lone, legendary guinea fowl named Geraldine roaming the streets who remains memorialized in a Rainey Street microbrew and hotel restaurant; the renaming of Town Lake to Lady Bird Lake; and the biblically-charged “Genesis” name synonymous with “origin” of the real estate company executing the site’s next transformation — to personal accounts embodying notions of migrations and tribes, these artworks iconize the egg as a ubiquitous lifecycle symbol.
blueprints + origins aesthetically deconstructs the psychological landscape of living amidst constant construction sites — including crumpled photo copies, suspended particles, hyper-saturated reflexite mesh, digitally rendered future dwellings, and collapsing geometric forms. Everyday domestic materials comprise the artworks, from aluminum foil and plastic sculptures to a bedroom installation of 111 sun prints of eggs, steeped in a modern take on the ancient tempera painting style by combining egg yolks with household derivatives such as lipstick, glitter, baby powder, wine, cough medicine, and more.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and sponsored by Big Medium.