Cirilo Domine

Landings was inspired by watching my mother cut food among the multiple cutting boards laid on the floor while we prepared a Thanksgiving feast. The sight of blood and different food juices in the channels metaphorically looked like gutters and landings for culture, both culinary and bacterial.  In many ways, our plate reflected these multiple landings on our immigrant table.  
The first grouping of boards were incised and then burnt with gun powder as I thought about cultural absences, past conflicts, tragedies both personal and historical.  The second version in sandblasted marble, planted with moss with morphed channels, became a portable memorial to my mother as well as a tribute to the contributions of immigrant cultures living in the U.S.

Piñata as Self was made as a site-specific installation at the Old L.A. Zoo.  Dressed in drag and hung on a tall tree, this self-portrait piñata seems benign at first sight. One can imagine children destroying this effigy for a sweet reward, while also revealing the conditioning of children with cruel acts, and specter of gay bashing in public parks.

Banderitas de Fiesta reclaims this seemingly innocuous piece of paper in public toilets that is meant to protect the individual from germs and disease.  This prophylactic plays into the fear of the dirty, immigrant, other.  Strung high like Philippine pahiyas and fiesta banderitas, they insist on becoming queer, celebratory symbols.  In one grouping, I pierced a decorative deisgn into the toilet seat cover making it a permeable boundary between the individual and the perceived other.

installations
Cirilo Domine installations Sandblasted marble, moss, table
Landings
2005
Sandblasted marble, moss, table
Each slab, approximately 12x14"
Cirilo Domine installations

Cirilo Domine installations Sandblasted marble and moss
Landings
2005
Sandblasted marble and moss
Cirilo Domine installations Sandblasted marble and moss
Landings
2005
Sandblasted marble and moss
12" x 14"
Cirilo Domine installations Marble and moss
Landings
2005
Marble and moss
12"x14"
Cirilo Domine installations Terra cotta and moss
Landings
2004
Terra cotta and moss
14" x 16"
Cirilo Domine installations Terra cotta and moss
Landings
2004
Terra cotta and moss
14"x16"
Cirilo Domine installations papier mache, tissue paper, glue, assorted candies
Self as Piñata
1994
papier mache, tissue paper, glue, assorted candies
5'6"
Cirilo Domine installations Cut paper
Installation View, Whittier College Art Gallery
1997
Cut paper
Cirilo Domine installations Cut mylar,  handmade paper and string
Banderitas de Fiesta
1997
Cut mylar, handmade paper and string
Size variable, each banner
Cirilo Domine installations Pierced mylar
Banderitas de Fiesta
1997
Pierced mylar
Cirilo Domine installations Cut mylar and string
Banderitas de Fiesta
1997
Cut mylar and string
Dimension variable
Cirilo Domine installations Cut handmade paper and string
Banderitas de Fiesta
1997
Cut handmade paper and string
Cirilo Domine installations
Carvings: Inaugural exhibition at Deepriver Gallery
1997
Cirilo Domine installations
Installation View, Deepriver Gallery
1997
Cirilo Domine installations Found cutting boards and gunpowder
Landings
1997
Found cutting boards and gunpowder
each board approximately 14x16"