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Projects
2010:
You Know I Love You, Right?
I Wish I'd Asked
2009:
The Artists' Alphabet #1: The Great Recession
Said Too Much But Not Enough
Calamity Calendar
2008:
I'm Losing You And It's Effortless
Overheard
The Name On the Sign
3 Questions for This Particular Moment
2007:
You Better Watch What You Say
2006:
These Things I Say Out Loud
Speak To Me - Series
Gestures - Series
Over My Head
She's A (Pop Song Lyric)
She's My (Pop Song Lyric)
2005:
Figures of Speech
Dis/Connect
Hello
Risk of Exposure
Interchange 3
16-8-1
3 Performances
2004:
Ask Me Anything
Real Love Stories #2
Real Love Stories #1
Write On This
Interchange 2
Wish You Were Here
2003:
Notice
Hopscotch
Interchange
Four Letter Words
You Have All The Answers
Sounds
Color & Sound
2002:
buy me
dive/awake
2001:
Container

Four Letter Words // Performance

all photos by Laura DeRoca

The performance is simple: people are invited to write a favorite four letter word on me, in exchange for me being allowed to write a four letter word on them. By the end of the evening, my body carries evidence of a gesture of creative exchange between many different people... and many different people have their own small piece of that creative gesture which will disperse throughout the club, and later into the city. The word they have on their skin will be a reminder of their participation; Four Letter Words will continue to exist throughout the city for as long as it takes each word to fade from each participant's skin...

Participants may write any four letter word they want. There are no restrictions on content. However, they are limited to where they can write the words - any visible skin other than my face.

After they write their word on me, it's my turn. I write the same word they wrote on me. I use their same word, rather than a different one, as a way to reflect back to them the idea that whatever you give, is what you will also receive.

While the participants can write anywhere on me, I choose the same spot to write on all participants. I write their word on the inside of their right wrist. This spot echoes a tattoo I have on my own wrist, of my favorite four letter word: "dive". I like the idea of many people in the same location with various words written on them, all in the same spot on their bodies, forming a loose mesh of symmetry across everyone who participated...

all photos by Laura DeRoca