video on floor entitled "a is for activist"

binding off.  split screen single channel video

 

always on my mind 1" high

floor text  

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I returned to graduate school after my year of maternity leave my first step in my new studio was to build a fourth wall in the space so I could write the four words from Mierle Ukeles: Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969 "I am an artist. I am a woman. I am a wife. I am a mother. (Random order)." on the walls.

It became a duration performance.
All words I have struggled with.
Could I work under the gaze of these labels?
What work fits below?

I painted the walls brilliant white, as high as I could reach. And I installed work I created away from academia and work that came together as I returned.