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 appliqués 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.