“String can be looked upon as an extension of all other techniques of communication. String joins, just as it also helps in the wrapping up of objects and in the holding of unintegrated material. In this respect string has a symbolic meaning for everyone; in an exaggeration, the use of string can easily belong to the beginnings of a sense of insecurity or the idea of a lack of communication. “ DW Winnicot, Playing and Reality
the thing is, she loved me
Black Moon Lilith
the thing is, i'm not sorry
seven sisters II.
it wasn't yours to take
the thing is, she was right
seven sisters (above) & the wild swans (below)
i wasn't yours to keep
in or out
Investigating ink as a fluid/fugitive technology, both carrying and leaking meaning.
But you promised
this is a portal to another world
“Like hypertext, dotted lines suggest paths but do not dictate. The dotted line is also significant because it suggests that the image can move from two to three dimensions, as in a fold up that lets “pages become tunnels or towers, hats or airplanes” (body of text/dotted line).
N. Katherine Hayles on Shelley Jackson’s hypertext novel, Patchwork Girl
*In the Nag Hammadi, Norea calls out to Eleleth to save her from being raped by the Archons. Eleleth reveals to Norea her true nature, a daughter of spirit
Performance Oct. 6, 2018
In honor of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before Congress and the eventual nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, this performance moved one step down the highway for each minute of testimony, one glass was shattered to bear witness to the law which repeatedly looks the other way in order to protect the privileged from the consequences of their actions.
Dress construction by Jonathan Bennett Bonilla and Marika Whitaker; headdress by Miss G Designs.
“Playing games of string figures is about giving and receiving patterns, dropping threads and failing but sometimes finding something that works, something consequential and maybe even beautiful, that wasn’t there before, of relating connections that matter, of telling stories hand upon hand, digit upon digit, attachment site upon attachment site, to craft conditions for finite flourishing on terra, on earth. String figures require holding still in order to receive and pass on. String figures can be played by many, on all sorts of limbs, as long as the rhythm of accepting and giving is sustained. Scholarship and politics are like that too— passing on in twists and skeins that require passion and action, holding still and moving, anchoring and launching.”
Donna J. Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Cthulucene
Participatory Installation in the Porcelain Gallery at Spaceus, East Cambridge, March 12-18, 2019