• bridal procession, 1993
  • bridal procession, 1993

bridal procession, 1993

At this time my material and conceptual concerns were focused on the breakdown of the body. Materially I used urine as the signifier for illness and death - as a substance it is both living and dead. The bridal conveyed a type of harnessing and in some ways social control. The metal structure performs a type of coveting of the waste, and the procession arrangement is a form of death march. ??Urine is an abject substance and here it is signaling the breakdown of the body. This was at a period where it wasn’t used as a material – it was before Andre Serrano’s “Piss Christ.” I had been influenced by Joseph Beuys and was really interested using materials that were subject to temporality. The urine changed over the course of the show - with the sediment sinking to the bottom.