WATER #2 – Passage

photos: Josh Raymond

Water #2 – Passage was a performance in two parts, distilling the elements of blood and water firstly as biological imperatives; secondly as symbols of family ties and release. The performance took place on the evening of November 8, leaving a trace installation like its predecessor.

Part One shows the artist receiving saline into the left arm, whilst releasing blood from the right. Normal saline infusion contains 0.9% salt Рsodium chloride (NaCl) Рthe same percentage that is in the human body. Blood accounts for approximately 8% of body weight, the average adult human containing 5 litres.

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Part Two saw the artist tattooed with water in a design taken from an embroidery done by her great-aunt, Gwenda Eileen Mann, incomplete at the time of her death some fifty years ago.

Tattooing with water creates what is called a bloodline. There is no way of knowing how long the mark will last, if at all.

Medical: Bradley Hancock
Tattoo artist: Bodie