Art contributes to the way we bring information and clarity to our reading of events around us. After one of my performances, a woman said to me that it gave her memories she didn’t have. This is one of the mysterious effects of performance: that events before the audience become as native to the fabric of their own thoughts as the dreams from their sleep. Through our thoughts and associations we understand the world and those collected during interaction with works of art become tools in that understanding.
I am interested in the kind of negotiation that is part of the collaborative creative process. With the meeting of more than one mind comes the possibility of surprise and misunderstanding-the resolution of which brings new clarity or opportunity for inspiration and unexpected solutions. The result of collaboration involves materials from separate minds who see differently and must find a way to draw a connection between each other. This interaction heals the rifts between our differences. The better we become at collaborative methods, the more we bring the highest ideals and potential toward interaction with the world around us.