hold/spill is an installation of poetry, video and prints. At the base of the work is text that explores the artist’s desire to interconnect parts of himself that have at times felt disconnected—his mixed indigenous/European heritage, his queerness, and his connection to land and body.
In this process, the artist finds himself looking to ecology and indigeneity as systems that honor the messiness and queerness of identity. Planting seeds—a ritual embedded in memories of gardening with his mother—provides a performative space where the artist's poetry and memories steep and spill over into further text and performance. The resulting work serves as a collection of seeds that ask over and over: How do the parts connect to the whole?
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