Art & Economics: the Value of Labor
Eventually, my passion for art and my background in economics merged to examine socioeconomic issues and ethical labor practices. For my first public art project (2001), I produced 1000 DVDs of an animation and gave them away on the streets. In 2002, I first depicted labor through art using pinhole and time-lapse techniques to document workers on the job. Since 2015, I have built a barter network between artists and tradespeople (Trade4Art), and organized one-on-one meetings between artists and unemployed residents (Creative Baltimore Fund).
I was a participant in Santa Fe Art Institute's Equal Justice Residency (July 2018). I had conversations with academics, graveyard-shift security guards, and homeless residents, whose hopes, fears, and fate overlapped on the recently abandoned campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Other works I include in this project are from an exhibition at Notre Dame of Maryland Univsity: A Picture is Worth a Thousand workers: the Cowboy, the Wrestler, the Dictator. The exhibit included participatory installation and performance works, co-ordinated with the NDMU's Business and Economics Department.