Drake’s installation at ArtPace, Tongue-Cut Sparrows, centers on video projections of three women standing on a sidewalk outside an El Paso jail, communicating with prisoners in
side the building. Using a home-made sign language, the prisoners, their families and loved ones speak to each other about their losses, desires, dreams and daily realities. Drake worked with the family members to interject texts that allude to loss and distance, including literary works by William Shakespeare, Jorge Borges, Frederico Lorca, Benjamin Saenz, Cormac McCarty, and Antonio Machado. Alongside the video projections Drake presents a series of large charcoal drawings and a limited-edition artist book that are part of this unique investigation about forms of communication.
Tongue-Cut Sparrows was originally commissioned by SITE Santa Fe and has traveled to Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco. It will be exhibited at Pamela Auchincloss Project Space, New York and the Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach.