Completed Works > Bottle Rack (Found on the Track by the Knolls)

Bottle Rack (Found on the Track by the Knolls)
2017
two-and-a-half hour action with tree trunk, steel, knife, scissors, nails, human hair, oil paint, record player, digital prints

Performed at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art on March 5th, 2017. A section of trunk from a felled tree stood with braces in a room. One wall presented snapshots of the brittle, dying characteristics of my hair. Against another wall was a record player. Its needle was set to a specific chorus on a single album track. Once the lyrics started I began stripping the trunk of its bark, pausing to whisper to approaching visitors: an artist is accountable, will you help me cut this shit? From there a story grew of cutting, felling stripping, marking, addressing and redressing. One other cause for pause during the action was my frequent return to the record player to reset the needle so the voices persisted to remain asking one difficult question.

This work is dedicated to the memory of Berta Caceres.