Internal Soft External was an interdisciplinary collaboration with choreographer, Hope Mohr. Commissioned by Hope Mohr Dance to create the scenic design for her May 2013 performance, Failure of the Sign is the Sign, the installation was both a complete visual installation and a set design for contemporary dance. Materials include: mostly reclaimed fabric, select new fabric, various fiber fills, quilt batting, thread, and tree branches. Installation space is approximately 1600 square feet or 45 feet by 36 feet.
Inspired by the internal landscape of the body (the major organs, thoughts, dreams, and a child’s fantasies about physical location) the work began with anatomical drawings of the major organs then turned into soft sculpture. Each major organ is represented–brain, intestines, liver, lungs, heart, spleen, thyroid, stomach, and pancreas–while the tree branches also held the lighting instruments for the performance. Internal Soft External was the visual component of Failure of the Sign is the Sign which premiered at ODC Theater in San Francisco in May 2013.