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The beginning and the ending, Medicine Wheel, World Aids Day, The Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, 9:30-11:30am, December 1, 2012

Life / weight / path / caring / earth / dirt / soil / growth / remembering / loss

The element is earth this year. There is a very large circle of small brown stones in the middle of the space. There are large marbleized paper structures surrounding the circle of stones. Thirty-seven pedestals make a larger circle round the structures and the circle of stones. I place a large black trash bag and a red pillow next to each other on the inside of the pedestal circle. I cut a slit in the bag and begin filling my shirt with soil. Once it is filled I stand up and walk to the opposite side of the circle and begin to make a pile of soil. This continues until the bag is empty and all the soil has made it to the other side. I throw the bag away. I pick up the red pillow and carry it to the pile of soil. With my hands I create a bowl shape in the middle of the soil. I unzip the pillow. I pull out a tulip and begin dissection it slowing. I place all the parts in the soil and continue this action until the bowl is filled. I pick up the pillow and leave the space.

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