“Giving and Giving” statement

The time when I most often practice mindfulness is while cleaning. In this piece, I discuss the connections between different forms of giving and the compassion of cleaning. I create a visual connection between mop heads and my own head so that the mops can be read as figurative heads or in reverse, my head can be interpreted as a mop. The piece is activated by my performance as I run the water through my own hair and give the water to the mop below, which gives water to the mop below, which gives water to the mop below, which gives water to the mop below, which gives water to the mop below.

April 10, 2019

Published by Christine Gaffney Art

Christine Gaffney is an interdisciplinary performance artist from Dayton, Ohio. She is currently attending the University of Cincinnati where she is pursuing a master’s in Fine Arts and in Art Education. She has studied art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include concepts of identity, gender and religion. Her work embraces ideas around body image, body politics, and feminism.

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