What are the strings that bind us?

What are the strings that bind us? 

Strings represent ties to family, friends, culture, country. What happens if you wake up one day and feel trapped and bound by those strings? What if you cut them?

Suspended in this performance are two desires. The desire to stay safe. The desire to break free. Fall, get back up. Fall again get back up. At the edge of pain and fear is the clarity of who we are in context to the strings we are attached to. This durational performance consists of eleven strings tied behind my neck. I lean back until the strings snap and I fall. The original performance was alone in my studio. Looking at the internal scope of an artist and her relationship to the people in her life.

I ask questions around the female body, the un-monumental act of a woman alone in her studio. I ask questions about what it means to cut those binds and the implications of no support. It has been performed at Berkeley Art Center. Every year I continue to perform this in various locations to ask how that relationship has changed.

If we cut strings to family, friends or community will we fall? If they are too rigid will we break? Strings taped down on the floor by masking tape versus strings tied to a boulder. What is the nature and materiality of our support? A rock is solid, heavy, immovable, when I lean back tied to a rock, the strings never release and slowly they begin to cut into the back of my neck. The rock is so rigid that my own body is in jeopardy of breaking. Tape is fragile and breaks quickly.

Performed at  Berkeley Art Center: Risk, Selected by Aspara DiQuinzio & Kimberly Johnasson, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California. 2013

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