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STRINGS ATTACHED

What are the strings that bind us?

What are the strings you feel bound to and what are the ones you want to break free of?

STRINGS ATTACHED

What are the strings that bind us?

Durational Performance, Video, Photography, Installation. Performed at Berkeley Art Center.

What happens if you wake up one day and feel trapped and bound by the strings that tie you?

Looking at the internal scope of an artist and her relationship to the people in her life. Strings Attached examines the ties of all the relationships we encounter in our lives. At the edge of pain and fear is the clarity of who we are in context to the strings we are attached to and the roles we play inside family, culture and country.

Procedure:
1. Ten or more strings are attached to the ground to a set of rocks or taped to the studio floor depending on the question. (Each string represents a person or role in life)
2. The Strings are then placed behind my neck and tied together
3. Lean back as far as the strings or body will allow. (Thinking about what each of those strings means to me and what it means if they were to break or if they were to break me)

Process:
This is performed every year. Performance in landscape. Documented and witnessed with photography and video.

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. 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.

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.

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