Shelter is the final performance in the three-part Needs Trilogy, which began with Hunger and Thirst.
One woman sits at a solid table, piled high with pea-sized stones. She considers, perhaps counts, and drops each one to the ground. A second woman, with a similar, heavy table and chair strapped to her back, attempts to drag an overflowing bag of stones across the length of the gallery. Both women wear neck-mirrors that demand that they finally face themselves as they perform these seemingly senseless, endless, yet poignant, tasks.
Performed for 6 hours.
Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY • January 2012
photo by: Gabriela Jiménez