Carpet, detergent, brush and water
Everyone has a different experience when dealing with grief and the death of a loved one. From my own experience I noticed that when I was going through the grieving process, my way of dealing with it was to occupy myself with cleaning or washing, as if to erase the person that is no more.
I am an immigrant to this country, so everything that I do or make is influenced by my native culture as well as the adopted culture. When it comes to housework I mostly do everything the way it is done in Moldova (my native country). This piece is influenced by a task that my mother and I would perform almost every summer- washing the carpets outside on the sidewalk.
This performance was part of a series where she explored the personal, the public as well as the cultural aspects of loss. Coming from a culture where cleanliness is a big part of life, she wanted to explore how her own religion and culture and womanhood influenced the way she experienced and dealt with the loss of a pregnancy.