This piece presents city dwellers with a choice. Passing by a coffin shaped box filled with grass they can choose to stop for a moment and lie in the grass, or focus on the coffin shape, avoid it and pass by. I hope to stir thinking about life cycles and being held by the earth during life and death. I find innocence and vulnerability from connection to nature in the twentieth century, when there is so much dependence on quick technology and the “known.” Nature can be unpredictable and operates in slower time frame that can cause anxiety or reflection. This piece can be taken in two ways, based on the reactions I have found by my peers when confronted or connected to nature. The grass filled coffin can be a grave symbol of death; however, it can also be received as a hopeful symbol of cycles. The grass filled coffin hints at life after death and death after life, and how closely related the duality could be. I have often had the experience of the earth supporting my breath. If I allow myself to lie calmly and breath for an extended amount of time I will begin to feel the ground moving with my rib’s expansion and contraction. I hope that some people experience this feeling from lying on the grass in the coffin, perhaps it will begin to feel like a bed or home. Allowing death to feel closer to home, a comfortable place, and maybe easing our anxiety around loss.
This tapersty of "NOs" is a visual art component for a larger performance about sexual violence and rape.
A trail of notes, each with a story of a woman's account of an unwanted sexual encounter or rape, leads the audience to a tapestry of red embroidered NOs, hung on the door of a male bathroom. Once the audience enters the bathroom they see a woman in lingerie, with chains around her pelvis. A performance begins, blending Catholic shame with female empowerment.