Using text hand written on her body in black eyeliner, Heather Beecher Hawk created this street art performance to explore questions of identity.
Performed in silence with a medical form stuffed in her mouth, text on the body worked in dialogue—identity categories from Census, medical, and employment forms juxtaposed with text from "experts" on identity development.
The piece posed the following questions: What is the relationship between the forms we fill out and the forming of our identities? What happens when the form doesn't fit? When the meaning doesn't fit or the box doesn't exist or the label doesn't make sense, what is the impact? How do we become who we are and can we exist in this form?
Location: Short North, Gallery Hop, Columbus, OH
Art direction and performance by: Heather Beecher Hawk
Performance assistance by: Linda Sheriff
Photography: Karen Kiener, dandelionwineimages.com