CENTERFIELD

"Put me in Coach. I'm ready to play today. Look at me. I gotta be center field." * 

This body of work uses athletic equipment and sports references to look at the psychology of personal space, and the cyclical nature of violence. 

 

Baseball bats, face guards and medicine balls are taken out of context with  juxtapositions that show the need and desire for protection from vulnerability.   The vastness of center field is a metaphor for the dangers and uncertainty of public and private space - both what we carry inside and of what surrounds us.    

 

The works are informed by the impressionable nature of youth, and questions the participation of the spectator in the cycle of violence.   Inherited behavior that is destructive to the individual and others shows a vulnerability that opens instead of closing and healing the wounds that persist in society.   Athletic training can be a symbol of protection as physical and emotional attributes take on a better shape, becoming conditioned and functioning on a higher level. 

 Lyric by John Fogerty, "Centerfield" 

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