Migrations (Headlands Center for the Arts Project Space)

During my Project Space residency, I drew an 1800 square foot world map on the floor and asked participants to draw lines connecting all of the places they had lived as well as write in a logbook the reason for each move. The piece was a story of what produces change in people’s lives, exploring not the reasons we stay in one place, but the reasons why we move.

Having recently completed my installation Convergence Points, which studied the migration of birds, I found birds and humans migrate for many of the same reasons, albeit in translation: resources (jobs) and mating (love). Birds, however, migrate in a north/south direction while the participants in this project moved decidedly east/west.

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