Vale

Vale Vale (I Am First Thought)
2002
Suspended glass bowl with spotlight, reflected light and shadow
36 'Rorschach' cloth squares: acrylic paint on poplin 360 x 360 mm
Sheets and pillowcases, overall size 3000 x 5400 mm
Six light bulbs and electrical fittings, 25 watts

'...the metaphorical veil of the eternal female covers up the sex/organ seen as castrated. ... Why interpret the little girl's development and especially its relationship to the Oedipus complex, as the opposite [...] the other side, reverse, of the masculine oedipal situation? Or its negative? Especially in the photographic sense. Especially in the specular sense'.

Luce Irigaray
'...one function of repetition, at least as understood by Freud is to repeat a traumatic event (in actions, in dreams, in images) in order to integrate it into a psychic economy, a symbolic order'.
Hal Foster