“After receiving a Manitoba Arts Council Project Grant in 1989 I
completed a Performance/Installation at the Winnipeg Art
Gallery called "Loves You So Much It Hurts" where I locked
myself in a pillory for nine days. The tableau consisted of 3
Plexiglas panels in front of the pillory with text and definitions to
the terms CRUCIFIXION, RESURRECTION, ERECTION,
PILLORY. Behind the pillory was a blinking neon work called
Jesus loves you so much it hurts.
This performance exemplifies for me all of the aspects that are
important to my work. There is suffering and redemption as well
as a sharing of collective pain. Many people were distressed by
the sight of me in the pillory as an object of ridicule or scorn
and tried to offer me sips of water. Gifts were laid at my feet
throughout the 9 days and people came in and read me poetry,
told me stories and talked about intimate spiritual matters. It
was a very moving experience for me.”
My thanks to Sharon for allowing me to reproduce her picture and words on this page. You can see more of Sharon’s performance art at her home page.
The pictures below depict Guatemalan perfomance artist Regina Jose Galindo sitting in the stocks in Rome in 2007.
This performance is simply called "Cepo", which is Spanish for stocks.