In this work, a small painted bronze cast of a young swimmer depicts the figure swimming into an invisible wall. The swimmer’s form is marked by blood, which is exercrated from her head and can also be seen flowing between her legs.
I made this work in New York City, while reading and relating to the book “Mother Daughter Revolution: From Betrayal to Power” by writer Elizabeth Debold. The book explored the writings and research of American feminist and psychologist Carol Gilligan and her colleagues. Several years later, the term “invisible ceiling” was widely in use regarding the way in which women and other marginalized sectors of society are stopped from getting ahead. It made me think that I hoped one day to carry on my own head an invisible crown of glass.