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.