Created with the intent of expressing a state of strength that comes only with the true acceptance of one’s own vulnerability. The work Surrender concludes the series of seven installations which ran the course of two years exploring ideas of physical impermanence and meditation practices. The performance for this work was depicted through photographs only. Presented in a time sequential manner, with the sky growing increasingly dark, the photographs document a practice of prostration. Utilizing a long shutter speed, the body is captured in motion and appears as a dissolving figure, creating a feeling of human mortality. The nakedness of the figure remains blurred and anonymous, the prostrations are performed with the figure turned away from the city, addressing only the mountains. The figure’s body has been painted white to enhance anonymity in addition to referencing the Japanese art of Butoh.
In the photographs the figure prostrates on a hand-stitched textile made from scraps of kimonos. This textile is featured in the gallery exhibit and acts like a curtain upon entering, protecting the privacy of the inner space. The gallery floor is covered with heart shaped pieces of fabric hand cut from kimonos which visitors are encouraged to walk upon.
This work was exhibited at Sheep’s Public Gallery in Kyoto, Japan in 2009 as part of the Monbukagakusho award.