SHELTER 2020 – 2021 Burchfield Penney Art Center December 2020 – June 2021

SHELTER Catalog Cover  Station 4 (1) Tullis Station 1 (2) Tullisedit

SHELTER is an installation that incorporates audio soundtracks and green screen video projections embedded within a “city” of ceramic architectural forms. SHELTER seeks to illuminate the critical role played by American cities and towns, where refugee organizations intersect with local communities in vitally important ways, by chronicling real-life narratives of displaced people seeking safe homes and communities to function within.

SHELTER “immersive” video: This 12-minute video combines the physical exhibit with excerpts of audio narratives and video scenarios in the SHELTER installation. The camera brings the viewer to each of the eight “Stations” – groups of ceramic forms inspired by global refugee camps and stopgap shelters – for an up-close and intimate immersive experience.

SHELTER install at Burchfield Pennney: SHELTER SLIDE SHOW

Station 6 (detail) Tullisedit  Station 5 (2) Tullis edit

Mark Sommer’s SHELTER article in Buffalo News GUSTO Arts Section: SHELTER Buffalo Newsgusto front page

SHELTER Testimonials: SHELTER Affirmations

SHELTER museum catalogue essays by Sheldon Chad and David Simons: SHELTER Intro by Sheldon Chad / SHELTER Essay by David Simons



OVERLANDERS 2016 (23:38) Full length video: Process and Documentation: (3:39)


A multi-arts installation based on pioneer migrations in America, focusing on women who settled the prairies and western regions of the United States. Informed by Jacques Derrida’s theory of hauntology, which investigates the phenomenal presence of specters and apparitions in our everyday lives.




The looped installation video utilizes green screen technology, with costumed figures set into both real and pastel landscapes. The soundtrack libretto is a collage of archival journal excerpts written by pioneer women, and texts from period writers such as Willa Cather and O. E. Rølvaag. In addition to the video above, the project includes an exhibit of abstract ceramic architectural objects embedded with micro audio and video elements. The overall project is an experiment with non-linear, narrative and literary-based installation, offering multiple visual and audio environments.

OVERLANDERS premiered at the City College of New York, May 2016, at the studio for Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice (DIAP). The installation video and soundtrack was featured at Rockland Center for the Arts’ HOME exhibit in 2018. OVERLANDERS was also installed at the University of Rhode Island, for a conference on Phenomenology and the Arts; and at SUNY Empire State’s Performing Arts Department, during Guest Artist/Faculty lectures: Phenomenology and the Arts Today / OVERLANDERS : American Hauntology


There But Not There (two sections) 2015 Three Strangers and Two Women are sections from There But Not There, a five-part installation with projections and live performance, examining psychological states of dissociation from various perspectives. Premiered at Outpost Art Resources, Ridgewood NY, April 2015.

Coming Soon: DERONDA George Eliot’s tragic heroine Gwendolen Harlath is a ripe study of the dissociative state in Victorian literature. In the meantime, read my essay examining this subject: Tracing the Dissociative Character


Three Strangers 3:06 Featuring Bill Hochhausen, David Simons and John Morton.


Two Women 2:08 Featuring Jacques DuPree and Wanda Phipps.


Les Plateaux (excerpt) 2015 / 1:05

les plaueaux 4 les plateaux2 A conceptual meal for eight. Viewers use French menus as mobile screens to sample all the dishes on the table.

*Please note: there is no soundtrack for this project; background audio is generated by a live dj.


WHO READS WHO SPEAKS WHO HEARS  2012 / Featuring Pat Hickman’s gut skin book, sewn skins, handwritten notes, and hands. Installed at Garnerville Arts Center Resurrection Exhibit, Garnerville NY, October 2012.  full length: (11:04) excerpt: (4:48)


A study of literature, language, voice and sculpture in collaboration with sculptor Pat Hickman. Narration by Barbara Benary, Robert Egert, Daniel Goode, Pat Hickman, Lisa Karrer, Denman Maroney, Rimma and Valeriy Gerlovin, Sheila Schonbrun, Mimi Seton and Norman Simons.


Ziarah Dalam Gereja Gunung 2009 (4:43) Installed in the Media Project Space at Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA), Nyack NY, in 2009. I have performed Ziarah Dalam live in NYC and venues across the U.S. Originally composed as a memorial for Javenese dance and mask scholar Deena Burton.

Video, vocal composition and vocal soundscape by Lisa Karrer, with Indonesian text by Sitor Situmorang. Featuring the late Dina Paisner.