Field | House was originally conceived as a public, interactive four-channel time-based work of art in 2015 during a residency at Laboratory! in Spokane, WA. In 2018, an adapted two-channel non-interactive version was created for the exhibition Deep-TimeConstruction at the Wattis Institute. The visual stimuli of the 2015 version remain, however the more recent one has a set, longer duration. This work explores race, perception, and language with stimuli that reference historical and contemporary subjugation and de-subjugation of Black people.
The basic premise behind Field | House confronts the triviality of assigning merit and value to color, which is a subjective abstraction on a basic level. In both the 2015 and 2018 versions, each projection includes red-green gradients, footage of Bree Newsome’s Confederate flag removal juxtaposed to images of Dylann Roof, Jesse Washington’s lynching in Texas, and a young spectator at that lynching, with flashing text inspired by the novel Corregidora by Gayl Jones.