DiverseWorks commissioned UK-based multidisciplinary artists Heather and Ivan Morison to create their first major project in the United States. Using social personae to investigate the construction of self, the Morisons engage with materials, histories, sites and processes.
Over the past 12 months, the Morisons have conducted a number of site visits and research expeditions in the Gulf Coast region. Their experiences, including a roadtrip from Juárez to New Orleans, serve as inspiration for this new work that includes an interactive gallery installation and transient public performances.
Slyk Chaynjis is both the name of the exhibition and the protagonist in the Morisons' mysterious fictional narrative. Focusing on an unlikely pair of travelers engaged in an epic journey, the tale unpacks the construction of "self" as a performance provoked by personal trauma, psychological breakdown, or ethical discrepancy.
DiverseWorks is one destination along her route, serving as a refuge and temporary encampment as she explores the streets of Houston before ultimately continuing on her enigmatic voyage.
On view through Dec. 28.