This is Â Border Crossing (Touch 5),Â 24″h x 36″w from the Migrations series, in which I explore the archetype of the Hanged Man, with all its tropes of sacrifice, suspension, Â and new perceptions. Â Migrations are not just the physical onesâ€“ we leave one country for another. Or metaphysicalâ€“ we transition from life to death. Migrations can be the internal journeys our minds make as we scrub the landscapes of our memory.
My family and I were sent to an internment camp for political dissidents when I was a young child. My childhood crush, Toni, would entertain us younger kids in the camp by dancing with a skeleton. He was full of life, and comic passion as he danced with that skeleton! As a political refugee, the loss of my homeland is a bittersweet caress, and his dance a symbol that haunts me still. It represents the resilience and joie de vivre of the human spirit.