The Holiness in the Ordinary

The Holiness in the Ordinary is an ongoing video and sound project that explores humanity, the differences, and the common denominators between a diverse array of people. For this project, I explore the idea that one might not need to go further than themselves to find the holy or divine.

Participants are asked to create a script using 100 statements that describe themselves starting with “I am.” The self-created script gives participants agency over who and what they want to show the viewer. Each person reveals the unique and often contradicting characteristics of their identity. For this installation, the statements of 18 participants are edited to create a conversation that examines the complexities of identity and the common denominators between people known and unknown to each other.

The Holiness in the Ordinary (video still)
3 Channel time based media
Who Am I?
4 TV soundbars, 6' x 8' PET fiber rug, 8 meditation pillows
18 min 56 sec loop
The Holiness in the Ordinary II
Three channel television installation, crocheted wire

Installation view at Paier College's The Schelfhaudt Gallery