She writes with white ink

She writes with white ink
A performance composed of fragments. Fragment1 is Art Tools. Fragment2 is Soul Blanket.

Ten years ago, I read Helene Cixous', Sorties for a class. The line - Write yourself, your body must be heard - affected me deeply. The essay also contains the line - She writes in white ink. Instead of the two page paper we were supposed to write, I drew with my breast milk. These things never left my consciousness completely and led to the original concept for She writes with white ink.

When I was describing trauma to a lover, an image from a memoir I read several years ago came into my mind. One night the author walked into her kitchen to see her partner, a woman who had suffered trauma, laying on the floor with every knife in the house encircling her. I told my lover that this is how trauma feels.

This image stayed with me for the next two and a half days, edging around in the back of my mind, until it shifted shape and became me surrounded by my art tools. I gathered art tools and created the circle in my living room with two other artists as witness. It was powerful.

The following week, I had a rehearsal. I brought the art tools and a blanket. I arranged the tools in a corner of the rehearsal space and spread the blanket out in the middle of the space. As I moved in the circle of tools, the piece with the art tools grew larger. I moved to the blanket. At that moment, She writes with white ink was born as a series of performance fragments. Two have been performed so far.

Art Tools

Soul Blanket

Write your self: Your body must be heard. - Helene Cixous, Sorties

Movement consultation on She writes with white ink was provided by Liv Jensen.

She writes with white ink [Art tools] was photographed by Blessing Etumudor, Karyn E, and Rosa Evans-Lombe and filmed by Mery McNett; She writes with white ink [Soul Blanket] was photographed by Blessing Etumudor and Rosa Evans-Lombe and filmed by Mery McNett.

Rehearsals for She writes with white ink [Art Tools] and [Soul Blanket] were photographed by Liv Jensen and Marianne Evans-Lombe. Button