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(March 2016) For the closing of the group exhibition, Topical Breach (at Mainsite Contemporary in Norman, Oklahoma) of which my work was part, I did a simple performance wearing a full body green spandex suit over the course of two hours. Visitors received the prompt, "Pretend I am someone or something you have lost and sorely miss. Give me a good long hug." I performed 24 hugs that evening and we mourned the loss of parents, children, pets, and friends, as well as innocence, countries of origin, and connections to oneself. The interactions were intimate, awkward, sometimes raw, and often cathartic for the participants and myself. Curated by Laurence Reese. Photo credit: Timothy Amundson.

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