I had some trouble setting this one up. I was at Vasquez Rocks on the outskirts of LA, and my rigging, which is essentially some metal screws, doesn't go into rock, so I had to move to the back of the park where there was a field of dirt to finally get the screws into the ground.
I was feeling a lot of love with this #OffLocation, thinking of the poem the inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman, recited on Wednesday at the Capitol. It gave me so much hope, which is something I haven't felt in awhile concerning this country. I love how words can do that.
I've always loved poetry, and Amanda reminded me of that. I even have a tattoo on my shoulder that says "Use Poetry," which is part of a line from Jack Kerouac's book On The Road.
Since I was feeling love, I wanted to make a simple painting showing that feeling. I always sign my letters with X's and O's, (yes, I still write letters) so even though this was a simple painting, it's my favorite #OffLocation piece so far. Probably because it's the first one that feels personal.
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Video by Alyssa Valiente.