Voyage to Africa, I , 2022
TRT: 90 Minutes
70.25” x 73.75” x 5”
Acrylic, Fabric, Paper, Protein Styling Gel, Oil Stick, Speaker, Mount on Wood Shipping Crate Panel
“Voyage to Africa, I” is a multimedia work. When listened to in its entirety, the audio transmits the sound of my full 20,596,722.47 meter rowing journey from Point Dume in Malibu, down to Drake’s Passage and up to Elegushi Royal Beach in Nigeria—an 88.29 day trip that embraces the absurd fantasies intrinsic to the voyage of “going back to Africa” and the expectations placed upon the destination. What you'll hear is 577 layers of audio, which amounts to the total journey. The work is a pragmatic effort to get “there”, while positing that much of it is manufactured.