I asked a wide variety of people of different ages and backgrounds to write a definition of themselves. Most of the definitions were thoughtful and complex. The challenge of defining oneself through words calls into question not only who we are, but also how we see ourselves, how we want others to see us, and how we would like to be remembered.
I silkscreened the definitions in white on black t-shirts and distributed them to the public by donating them to thrift stores and selling them in performance-based installations. The presentation involves a booth that mimics a typical clothing market (in this case from the central market in Cuernavaca, Morelos). I dress and act the part of a vendor, selling the shirts at market price.
What interests me most about this piece is how people use labels to communicate about themselves. These particular texts have been thought about profoundly, and when someone is able to identify with one of them, it talks of a certain degree of specificity. Throughout the entire process I am surprised and delighted with the way people reflect upon themselves and how they ultimately choose what to show to the public.