end 1994 Banff Center for
the Arts, Canada
The first live performance, a celebration of my mother who had died
earlier that year aged eighty five. A friend in the woodwork department
in Banff helped me make a “coffin” on wheels which was filled
with 85 clay spheres floating in milk. During the performance I very
slowly pushed the coffin across a landing space and into a lift. As
this was happening the milk began to disappear and blood started to
drip from below the coffin onto my overalls which I had taken off and
put underneath. Some of the time I was wearing my mother's petticoat.
The next day I laid out the spheres in a “grave” shape in
the cemetery. Later the spheres were dispersed among the international
group of artists and musicians who were at Banff with me.