King’s Horses and Men, 2015
Mixed Media, Interactive Performance
Dimensions: 3′ x 4.5′
The title for this piece is derived from the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. The experience of a life-changing event has the potential to leave one feeling shattered. Capturing a moment in time, this work provides a symbolic representation of my emotional experience. The interactive component built into the work is designed to place viewers in an active role by playing the part of “all the kings horses and men” which is meant as a reflection on the intersubjective nature of identity development as a socially and culturally contingent process. Creatively and personally, a willingness to be vulnerable and cultivation of the ability to release false illusions of control can feel like entering into a state of freefall. The kings horses and men couldn’t put Humpty together again, but maybe that’s the most significant point…. Becoming different, we exist as a collection of our past experiences in the “now” of the present moment. In life, as in this work, I am forever changed.
This work is the third piece from my new research-based series Self-Portraits: Emotional Inquiry thru a Mediated Methodology. In this series, I am using self-portraiture as a qualitative approach to conducting academic research. When the series concludes, I will contextualize my research by framing it within current scholarly discussions in the areas of autoethnography, artistic research and qualitative inquiry methodology. In short, King’s Horses and Men can be viewed as part artwork and part research artefact.