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Sublime Alienation, 2007

Title after Julia Kristeva

Series of 7 human-sized didactic games inspired by perforated boards that require children to weave shoelaces through the holes to “connect” the dots

Wood, wallpaper, acrylic house paint, perforations, shoelaces

Exhibition: Ex-Teresa Arte Alternativo, Mexico City


Interactive element: Public takes shoelaces and weaves through holes as desired


Titles of 7 pieces:

5-7 Million, 24” x 48”

Colleague, 48” x 48”

Twins, 48” x 48”

Grandparents, 48” x 48”

Sky, 2 boards of 24” x 72” each

St. Thomas, 48” x 72”

Home, 48” x 72”


“[T]he stray considers himself as equivalent to a Third Party. He secures the latter’s judgment, he acts on the strength of its power to condemn, he grounds himself on its law to tear the veil of oblivion but also to set up its object as inoperative. As jettisoned. Parachuted by the Other. A … structure … that is skewed, a topology of catastrophe. For, having provided itself with an alter ego, the Other … jettisons the object into an abominable real, inaccessible except through jouissance. … One does not know it, one does not desire it, one joys in it. Violently and painfully. A passion. … [T]he Other, converted into an alter ego, lets go so that the ‘ego’ … can find a dispossessed existence in this sublime alienation.” KRISTEVA, Julia. Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. Trans: Leon S. Roudiez. New York: Columbia University Press, 1982.

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