Blood, Sweat and Tears

A pair of leather shoes worn for a duration of one year during travel across Latin America were filled with 2.5lb. of sea salt, an amount equivalent to the average yearly consumption of salt per person, as reported by scientific studies. The confluence of leather, sea salt, and atmospheric moisture induces the exudation of sodium and water from shoes, resulting in the crystallization thereof on the leather's exterior, and eventual spillage onto the floor. This phenomenon of mechanical energy transfer between objects serves as a metaphor for the annual consumption of energy by humans and the body's inherent ability to convert said energy into productive work.


Year: 2015-2016
Medium: Leather shoes, 2.5lb. of sea salt
Dimensions: Variable

Installation at Present Company, New York.