Taking into account the hand-based labor so ingrained in my process, most of which I’ve learned from my mother, Oldwives and Orbits was a 20-minute performance during which I meticulously cut apart an onion, layer by layer with an X-Acto® knife, sewed each shell of an empty onion sphere back together with sewing thread and needle. A rotisserie motor, prong forks, and spit rod were re-appropriated into an orrery, or solar system model and set adjacent to my workstation. As I finished the stitches of each onion shell, I envisioned it as a new planet (perhaps unbeknownst to the audience) and put into orbit on the makeshift orrery.

Performance footage (on the left) captured by Heather Taylor. Onion MRI from InsideInsides.

Oldwives and Orbits
Oldwives and Orbits
Oldwives and Orbits
Oldwives and Orbits
Oldwives and Orbits

© 2020 Jacklyn Brickman | Visual artist exploring where humans connect with the environment. | brickman.jacklyn@gmail.com

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