Body opening can refer to the action of cutting flesh, incising against tight skin to make an access to the hidden insides; or it can refer to a body orifice. The wound is a key site in Christian cult and dissection practices, which draw symbolic meaning from the vagina and the menstrual experience.
In religious and medical tradition the wound makes of the body its passive receiver, excising it from agency and reducing it to its physical materiality. The self-inflicted wound is embedded in the sacrificial, ritualistic, and transgressive. It subverts the symbolic order inscribed in the body, wounding the self and restoring agency to the flesh.
The female menstrual experience, the body in performance and the self-inflicted wound are the three cornerstones of my practice. I approach the opening of the body through printmaking, photography and performance to address the relationship between three realms: the surface, the rupture and the occult.
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