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Water and Salt II : A Series of Public Performances

Performed for the Chicago Artists' Month, Chicago IL, October 2015

 

The work addresses the public ownership of female bodies. By performing in multiple public spaces in Downtown Chicago, the artist sparks dialogue about this omnipresent yet invisible struggle. My primary material is the female body and the used underwear. Sometimes washing the material with salt other times serving up the underwear for consumption, I address the shame and secrecy associated with female sexuality. By repeating variations of the performance over a period of 7 days I hope to uncover the various taboos of female bodies, ranging from the invisibility and denial of natural biological process from urination, defecation, menstruation to arousal and the resultant lubrication. 


 

Click to read the artist's notes from the duration of the performance 

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