Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering Vol 4, No 1 (2002)

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Stephanie Springgay, "Sindoor," hand-made paper, Sindoor powder, photograph, and acrylic paint, 40 cm X 40 cm X 24 cm, 1998. The image depicts one of the 21 vessel forms from the installation Sindoor. The forms, cast from hand-made paper are lined with vermilion red Sindoor powder, which in turn cradle a fragmented photograph of a body part. The work examines the body in relation to history, cultural production, nature, and identity as a fragment. Fractured painted body parts speak of new composites in an exploration of both the ephemerality of the body and our desire to leave a mark: to create, organize, and understand. The works position the body between artifact and archive, as a region of uncertainty.