Oldwives and Orbits was a durational performance that blended the knowledge of oldwives in an attempt to ponder the creation of new planets and put them into orbit. My mother taught me to sew and cook. She told me that putting bread in my mouth while cutting onions will absorb the scent of the onion to prevent crying. By using fabric sewing techniques, I meticulously cut apart each layer of an onion, sewed them back together individually, and put them in orbit on an orrery (a mechanical model of the solar system) made from an altered rotisserie motor (typically used to roast chickens). This work intertwines forms of domestic labor and storytelling to speculate the future.

Onion MRI from InsideInsides.

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