Written in Milk

durational performance, Dartington Hall, Devon (2001)

The room is filled with the sweet, sweet smell of almond oil, warming in milk. The milk is used to write on the white cotton that covers the span of the studio space. (aprox 30×25 metres). It takes all day, writing unconscious streams of text about motherhood. Instead of disappearing, the milk soaks through leaving fatty deposits the floor underneath. The cloth is only partly legible. The room smells of stale milk.

In addition to the references to mother’s work and the long hours feeding, and educating children, the performance refers to ‘ecriture feminine’, following the aims and desires  of  feminist writers like Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous, who both write of maternal body in order to enunciate it.