My research began with a wide range of documents, articles and books on both of these issues. I have been researching the histories that include political, social and cultural perspectives. Since conceptual practices is such a significant part of my creative process, reading, writing and reflecting always come before I start to work with materials as the materials, and forms they take, are chosen to work with the concepts that are arrived at through the conceptual explorations. Sometimes this is to complement them, sometimes to contrast them but they are always additional modes and means of communication. The culmination of this initial research has led to a great deal of writing including documenting, journaling and poetic expression as well as a range of discussions about where these sets of laws intersect and where they remain apart. At the same time, I have been searching within; challenging my own understandings, beliefs and perspectives of my own body, its place within the landscape and the regulations placed on both.
This includes traveling around Utah collecting footage via body cams, camcorder, insertion camera and drone. The exact locations are not specific to the project as Utah is full of public lands including Bureau of Land Management, Wilderness, National and State Parks, State Trust, among others.
I am now beginning to explore projection techniques on different materials with a variety of footage to see how the materials themselves will shape the installation. Since the video will be seen wrapped around an object, the objects dictate the visuals of that footage and influence the composition of the subject. The objects and materials will then re-direct some of the footage to express the ideas I am seeking. For the completed artwork, I envision the use of one to two wide throw projectors, depending on the scale of the final installation, and Mad Mapper software to map the projected video on the sculptural objects that will make up a created landscape.
Battlegrounds is a new multi-media installation that looks at where land ownership, management and policy overlaps with the ownership, management and policy around the female body.–Prof. Wendy Wischer