Shopping cart, felt, thread, tree branch, steel, concrete, salt, matches, 60”h x 120”w x 120”d, 2016
Using the destructive language of western colonization, I create innocent, humorous, “feminine” spells to fix impossible world problems often created directly by patriarchal power imbalances. Magical thinking is defined as an “irrational belief that one can bring about a circumstance or event by thinking about it or wishing for it; normal in preschool children, it also occurs in schizophrenia.” (Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012)
Magical thinking is scorned by rational, scientific thinkers as wasting time and sticking our heads in the sand. It is easy to feel disconnected from creating any meaningful actions or discussion, particularly in the face of longstanding power structures that are so engrained that they are invisible – a belief about the reality of our world.
My lighthearted response to these overwhelming problems, emphasizes feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. I manipulate objects to cast spells and change the world with magical thinking. On the surface, playful and humorous, the meaning references oppressive systems and the feeling of powerlessness.