aricoco (Ari Tabei)
I make garments and bags to create nests that are like my own home. These function as cocoons for me, to heal and nourish myself so that I regain strength to survive in an ever-changing world. Interacting with the garments and bags, I invent ritualistic play that revives my childhood experiences and interprets the influences of my culture. I perform to investigate the discipline and distraction of my cultural existence. I use different materials and processes to explore specific meanings. Robing and disrobing my temporary shelter, I package my body to be disconnected from reality, but also to tie myself to it. Using video, I record my ritualistic play, exposing my struggle and desperate hope to get through today.