My hands are tied 2000
My hands are tied 2000
My hands are tied 2000
My hands are tied 2000
My hands are tied 2000
My hands are tied 2000

Foyer Installation Venue, Hobart, Tasmania

 

Installation and performance
Books, muslin, antique table, chair, ink, hammer, tacks

Photography: Simon Cuthbert

My hands are tied 2000

My hands are tied explored the links between language and identity using ritual and performance.

 

I sat at a small table that had been embedded into a wall of coverless books and repeatedly wrote the words My hands are tied over loose book pages using a dipping pen and ink. As each page was completed, I nailed it to the side walls of the gallery. The work questioned the authority of the printed word using the handwriting - normally a marker of individuality. But in this case, the task was useless, as the handwritten words were reduced to an abstraction. 

 

Performances were held daily for 3 hours over a three week period.

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