Ecclesiastes Rose.

September 27, 2013

Ecclesiastes Rose was the culmination of a year living and working in Sicily as a Fulbright Scholar.  The work spanned teaching art to immigrants, studying traditional boat building, and staging a reenactment of Ulysses escaping from the Cyclops Polyphemus on a large-scale floating sculpture made from repurposed fruit boxes.  The project coalesced into a focused inquiry of community and form.  It also involved traveling the isle of Sicily looking for Cyclops.  Research included notions of futile heroics, the politics of exploration/conquest, armchair travelers and their psycho-geographies of the Odyssey, as well as the interstitial spaces created by contact between cultures.  Due to an innate dislike for long distance relationships Penelope made an appearance on the beach and beach-goers were sourced to play the Cyclops.