DAILY INTERACTIONS, 1999-2004
Length: 10:40 min.

Leaf Alteration

Using common natural materials - vines, thorns, grass leaves, petals - from the immediate environment of my neighborhood in the town near Tel Aviv where I live, and my own body, I carry out simple actions - I wash my face in a bowl of bougainvillea petals, weave fichus vines between my toes, prick my finger with the thorn of the cactus leaves - playing with the physical and metaphoric possibilities of each material, to feel ‘at home’ on a visceral level with my surroundings, and to circumvents the loaded political imagery that any encounter with nature here inevitably takes on (harking back, perhaps to pre-patriarchal, female-based religions of the region, connected with earth, fertility, and power.)

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