It's a dream still. But maybe all good things begin with a dream.
My father spent the first nine years of his life as an itinerant puppeteer,
traveling California in a van with his parents and brother,
performing marionette theatre at State Fairs and elementary schools.
In the summer of 2010, I took a tentative road trip along the west coast to
start research for a book and other projects related to this family history.
The trip was difficult and weird and wonderful and broke something open within me.
There is also a pronounced feeling of restlessness about home.
BLOOD AND THUNDER is now an ongoing adventure—
I spend my summers in a small cabin-van-dream-world to see what I can yet make of my life
and to consider where my anxieties, longing and stories can find expression
through performance, art making, and adventure.
There is information about my larger art practice on SHANNONGERARD.TUMBLR.COM