Monday, October 13, 2008

Bury your hands in the earth.



My friend says the more clothes one puts on, the more naked one becomes. Clothes externalize the internal. I made a voodoo shirt because there is something new in me and because I need protection.

Here is what I learned: A male shirt becomes a female shirt when you remove cloth. Then: Sewing a spontaneous pattern twice around each severed hem is a certain, wordless prayer.

I cut the Alabama flag into a rectangle of cloth and sewed the pieces around the neckline. The appliqu├ęs contain tiny secrets. For example, there is a watermelon seed in the center of the cross.

An X can cancel or negate. It can also indicate. It can be a lifeless eye or a star. A nameless signature. A piece of fire.

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