Joshua Francis Beaver works with storytelling and universe construction. He explodes the particles constructing his world view. He wants to see them better. Then he re-arranges them into absurd grand narratives to poke and prod; to re-evaluate. He wants to ask questions with them. Like, how would your personal cosmology change if you never stopped growing and eventually became the size of your universe? And what if a man-made lake was like a child at the bottom of a family tree that included angels, bureaucrats, and Pennsylvania energy industries? And what about a story whose main character was never born and didn't get a body but is still a main character? He is not interested in answers; rather, he is searching for moments of meditation.
Beaver's current developing body of work is asking roughly: what is a person? What and where are all of its parts? What makes up personality? Can it be located? Who gets to say what it is? And what about its authenticity? What is authenticity and how can it be measured? Can it? The body as an individual container for the soul or for the identity is an illusion. Beaver currently uses puppet animation, paper cutting, miniatures, music and video to stage the grand narratives. He is always trying to find new ways to make and visualize. He wants to immerse and disorient his audience, but he does not want to trap them.