“Inside Her Head” was performed as part of NYC Poetry Festival in July 2016 on Governor’s Island. The piece consisted of a sound installation, site specific sculpture and a performance.
The sound installation featured the head of Medusa metamorphosed into a tribal totem and fitted with a sound system so each person wearing it was instantly taken into the world of Medusa listening to the soundtrack of female poetry. I made a sound collage mixing poetry of well known authors with the works of other female artists who answered my open call as well as poetry of my collective Red Temple including Jane Cogger, Danielle Uni Simms, Megwyn White, Maya-Lin Green, Abbey Watts and Katie Georgeadis.
I intended to create a performance in response to the site, once I was on the island I decided to stage the event by the local monument turning it into a sculpture celebrating female authors and artists. The piece was performed during two days of the poetry festival. On the first day “Inside Her Head” began as I wrapped the structure in wire and red transparent material while the audience started gathering around the stage. I then invited each person to write a name of a female writer or poetess and attach it to the instantly created monument. I was also circulating the totemic sound headpiece encouraging people to immerse themselves in the world of Medusa, an archetype of a strong female wanting to communicate emotions and experiences belonging to the realm of women. Through poetry, installation and sound I was seeking to express the need for feminine world to be acknowledged as an equal part of the human experience.
During the second day of the festival I read my poetry on one of the festival stages then encourage the audience to follow me to the monument erected the previous day. Once everyone gathered around I recited “Waves of Silence” that deals with issues of abuse, betrayal and murder referencing lives of Sylvia Plath and Ana Mendieta with the recurring phrase “Do I have to die to be loved?”.