Live performance with projection & sound, 15 minutes.
Notes from Home explores personal memory, national identity, history, and the displacement of people and culturally charged objects.
This live performance and installation is inspired in part by tools used by archaeologists to dig up sites, such as shovels, buckets, paper, measuring tape. These items lay strewn across the floor of the installation and interact with the imagery of the video projection.
Among these objects are ceramic sculptures ranging from ancient Sumerian (3200 BC) utilitarian objects such as water vessels and canteens, pots and bowls. In making my own earthenware pots, I am interested not only in the thousand plus year history of earthenware in the Middle East, but also in the symbolic relationship between vessels and the female body, how ancient Mesopotamian depictions of the water bearer has remained a gesture still closely tied and carried out by women, in particular farmers and from a lower social classes.