USA - California 1999
Borders are changing lines on our world’s map that demarcate culture, land, time, history, ethnicity. These are intellectual separations, but the older physical lines of division are also lines of connection- the oceans that separate us, join us. Water is the vehicle for life- our food, our bodies, our planet. Women share the experience of our body’s potential to transmit new life. Our female bodies are both the source of our common oppression and transcendence. Break Water recalls the moment that proceeds birth. The image is simultaneously bound and released, evoking change, possibility, destruction, hope. I have included materials from previous works; a Xerox transfer image of a rope sculpture I made across a rotten East River pier in New York City, and two eggs which I collected in Brazil during a women’s collaborative show. These are symbolic “births” of new ideas and images that women artists are collectively making to Break Water and change the marks that divide us.