On November 14, 2014 at Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe for one hour, the performer changed clothes in a car parked precariously in front of the exhibition space. Actions were periodically suspended mid-gesture to the count of ten out-breaths and also punctuated every seven minutes by the taking and sending of selfies accompanied by latin/english Ovid text mashups, to exhibition visitors. The text messages read :
in mirror speculo rugas Helen too weeps
just been is no longer nova sunt semper
why do you fear the styx
nihil interit nothing dies
everything changes omnia mutantur
tantummodo troia ruinas once troy was great
By revealing a process of changing that we normally obscure, the complex negotiation between self and social (or neuroses and art, dreams and reality …) was shown to be a never-ending, sometimes failed or awkward experiment rather than glorious, glamorous, sudden transcendence we see in much popular entertainment. The piece linked ancient language and thinking about metamorphoses with contemporary tools and notions of flux. The Porsche Cayenne became a cocoon in which categories of self/social, private/public, ancient/contemporary, marginal/central were conflated and pressurized.