set in summer years, balaena is a gentle inquiry into wayward forms of body movement that maintain an inward sense of stability.
i found articulations of these movements in letters written by my granda from his days of seeing the world on whaling ships. reading his letters felt intrusive, but i persisted because the sounds of his conviction were familial, and i wanted the spirit of his movements to help reconcile and encourage my own.
reshaped in clay and suspended from the ceiling, the words in balaena play together and alone.
please excuse pencil and vile scribbling
no more monotony
they sure do love to rush you if you let them
no cracks sister
they said we could go down tomorrow and get cash if we want (we all want)
like sitting on a see-saw
the heat is terrific
the next minute it’s like running down one
a moving life with me
and you never forget where you are
three deaths down, nine hundred and ninety-seven to go
don’t get too comfortable
exhibited on august 3, 2017 at the little sister gallery for one night only, with special thanks to lynn fisher.
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