protection circle

wool fleece, canvas, audience participation
48 x 48 in, 2019

photos courtesy of Brian Medina

made with the support of:

   I invited artists and non artists from many communities to join me in felting a large scale textile evil eye. Each participant was taught the process of wet felting, if they do not already know, and were instructed to create a small felted balls. We collaboratively created the necessary balls to complete the approximately four foot evil eye. Which was then attached to a canvas and remained after we have all parted ways.

This project explored performance, participatory, and object based art. All the while creating and supplying a safe space for people to come together and heal. This project explores the relationship between individual and the community, and the intersections of our experiences and lives.

​With this performance, I hoped to encourage and find community and healing. To explore the medium of textiles as a performative assist. To work out charged emotions of isolation relating to marginalized experiences.This project was intended to provide a space in which we exist in solidarity and work on a project such as this as a way of pushing back on a society that would have us divided by our differences.

​Part performance and part workshop, this project is one of protection, community, and vigilance. Together, we actively challenged the “mal de ojo” that has been cast upon our communities."