Stay Down, Champion, Stay Down is a commissioned temporary installation for the Woodbury University Hollywood (WUHO) gallery, located along the busy and iconic Hollywood Blvd Walk of Fame. Considering this location and context, the installation focuses on the presence and activity of the ground plane. It is a study of the role of both the handmade and digital in curating a contemporary environment of space and visual effect - comfort, hominess, and familiarity on one side, exotic on the other.
Comprised of a system of handmade terracotta tiles - a ubiquitous material in Southern California homes - the floor of the gallery breaks away from the planar to compose a flowing and colorful interior landscape that guests can navigate through on foot. The bulging areas of this landscape are created by gradually elevating the tiles on transparent acrylic supports. Heightened by vibrantly colorful lighting, the contrast of the analog tiles and digital surface creates a compelling experience that rivals the lure of the historic sidewalk beyond the gallery.