"This piece was one of the last ones I made for this show, only for the reason that I had held onto those images for a long time and wasn't sure if I wanted to let them go.
The image on the top right is from a nudist colony magazine- I got those issues from a bookseller in Michigan who had them tucked away and not for sale (she was convinced). They were full of images like this one, they could have read as something art historical, meditative. They were imperfect -- stains, scratches, notes over images, some wearing away of the paper's surface - as is the slight case here - which makes them all the more beloved in my eyes. The other images range across their sources: a book on groups of women explorers of Mesopotamia; a book on a young woman anthropologist who travels to meet and live amongst the indigenous of brazil with her young, blonde daughter (who appears elsewhere across the show); a book on the dignity afforded by the civil rights liberation struggle; a book about eros and protracted lovemaking. As opposed to other works in the show -- which are so dedicatedly about bodies coming into contact with other bodies -- I thought of this piece as pointing towards something more internal...a coming into contact with oneself. It is quite different from all the rest in this way. This too is a kind of connection, something like introspection, an inner wholeness. The shape of the quadrant -- which repeats across the show -- comes from mandalas (I used several books of mandalas made by women as a form of healing as reference points) -- those cosmic diagrams which are very intent on balance, symmetry, and parts."