S T R I P P E D
I decided that for 16 weeks I would try to do something that I thought I couldn’t. I wanted to stop being so dependant on external things for comfort and security.
I wanted to break patterns of behavior, attachment and consumption that, over the years, had become automatic responses to anxiety and boredom.
Beginning January 1st, 2005 I slowly began to wean myself from my biggest addictions and dependencies. These things included:
As the project progressed I decided that I would see how far I could simplify. I wanted to face my biggest fears concerning isolation and poverty.
For the last week of this project I lived in a tent, in my back yard, with only the bare essentials for survival. I will spend the last 36 hours sitting on a platform, in public isolation, with a blanket and liquids for hydration.
- “The Art of Nothing”, Washington Post
- “Peeling Back the Layers Of Meaning in ‘Stripped'”, The Washington Post
The images below were taken daily and posted live during the performance. The platform images were taken during the last 36 hours.