I began my performance by wearing a woman’s suit that illustrates independence, education, and power. Today, I am photographed with the suit unaltered and I will begin to assess the level of intensity of interaction with my husband. From a selection of multiple suits of various colors, I will choose which color best represents my interactions with him. A darker color illustrates a negative interaction while a lighter color illustrates a positive interaction. I remove a section from the selected suit (such as a sleeve, collar, or paint leg) and will add this section to my original suit. Every day my portrait will be photographed wearing the transformed garment.
Each interaction leaves an impression and a memory. The intensity of the interaction can increase the impression or the persistence of a memory. During a relationship these impressions can have deeper psychological affects that may be difficult to see, hide or forget. Upon each interaction one can resist or accept how the other has affected them. In the performance I accept the interaction’s significance with my spouse by placing an object on my body. But I bury the previous event’s significance by adding additional layers on top of previous layers. Each day another piece is added and the underlying layers become temporarily hidden while I attempt to appear physically unchanged.