WORK > Soliloquy multimedia painting and installation

Solace
Solace
oil and wax on canvas
6' x 10'
2009

On the void, and belonging and the city:
Entredeux – working in the space of otherness
September 17, 2013, Marginalia

I discovered Cixous about four years ago. I loved her writing for her ability to invoke the body in language. The physical seeps through her work – at first less intellectual, but through her poetry, more so. Eventually, I became most interested in her meditations on the city, and her ability to articulate the spaces in-between things where boundaries and edges often meet. At the time her work served as a metaphor for experiencing a new city for the first time, and feeling outside of it. In her incantation of entredeux, I found a metaphor for occupying this in-between space, where one isn’t really here, or there, or wholly occupying one mode of being, but existing somewhat suspended between two places:

“The word entredeux:… it is a word… to designate a true in-between – between a life which is ending and a life which is beginning. For me, an entredeux is: nothing. It is because there is entredeux. But it is – I will go through the metaphors – a moment in life where you are not entirely living, where you are almost dead. Where you are not dead. Where you are not yet in the process of reliving. These are the innumerable moments that touch us with bereavements of all sorts…. It is, frightfully, all new: this is one of the most important experiences of our human histories. At times we are thrown into strangeness. This being abroad at home is what I call entredeux. – Cixous