Contrapasso/ The Body of the Artist

I am bound to an armature that forces my body to maintain a classical pose, contrapasso, like Michelangelo’s David. I maintain the pose for five continuous hours.

Contrapasso: The Body of the Artist is the struggle across the boundaries that separates me from you. By retreating into the classical standard I assume a posture of submission. I am blindfolded and unable to return your gaze.

Do not despair. I am wearing an earpiece connected to my cell phone which I hold in my hand.  I invite you to call me during the performance to tell me how you feel. I will not respond because my mouth is gagged but I will listen to you.

GASP Gallery, Boston Massechusettes USA (14 October 2005)