Alone and determined, the woman sifts through a huge pile of earth. All the while, a small golden token (including a wedding band, a skeleton key and an icon) hangs from a red thread, at first invisible, buried in the soil: the proverbial needle in a haystack, but perhaps also a seedling of hope and renewal. Each pile, over the 5-hour performance, becomes slightly diminished, revealing the glimmering token. Yet, the woman stays wholly focused on her task. The work seems endless, so perhaps the task itself must be reexamined and evaluated. Perhaps the gold is not the goal; rather the woman is in need of the very search itself.
Installation on view during 4 week exhibition, with 3 weekly 5-hour performances.
Materials include: 3 mounds of topsoil: each weighing exactly one ton, functioning cuckoo clock, 3 golden trinkets, red cord, antique sieve and stool, one performer dressed in tangerine.
“XXXX” Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY • March-April 2009