I purchased 10 bulky bags, Spring 2010. They are bags traditionally used to transport quantities of dry foodstuffs and landscaping materials. Bundled they each measure 24″ x 24″ x 5″. Unfurled they measure 36″ x 36″ x 60″. There is a gusseted portal at either end to fill and unload material. Four durable straps allow it to be transported easily with a forklift.
The openings are large enough for a person to crawl or wiggle into. I was pleasantly surprised to find that being inside did not feel claustrophobic. As a costume they define movement and inform gestures that are both utilitarian (moving with small steps or rolling) and curious.
Taken to various locations for reflective, site specific, performances I explore the object, and its disguised movements while debating my personal comfort levels with widely shared public profiles.
My internal dialogue includes thoughts of shelter, anonymity, the wearing of a burqa, human transport, constraints, and physical limitations partnered with what for me is a very true form of personal expression.