DRY EYES IV is an endurance performance piece using repetitive action to overcome the physiological response to blink while staring into a fan. Using the common standing oscillating fan, an object of comfort, as a training instrument to overcome discomfort and somatic stress, the performance piece presents a somber— yet much needed— reminder of resistance and resiliency, especially within the sociocultural context of Filipino-American history.

2018, Still from a performance with a fan at San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, Performance duration: 10 minutes, 58 seconds.