She lived, a lonely woman, lonely with her pride, trying to make folks believe different, hiding the fact that they just suffered her, because she was not cold in the coffin before they were carting her forty miles away to bury her, flouting the will of God to do it. Refusing to let her die in the same earth with those Bundrens.
-From William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying", p. 23-24.
What began as an interrogation of the presence of veiled figures in 19th century infant portraits has grown into an exploration of the tension of motherhood. In this work I have turned to three characters: mothers veiling their children, my own mother and Addie Bundren, the character that my mother played in a theatre adaptation of William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying”. Through a simultaneously playing and continuously looping 3-channel video and audio installation, the portrayal of these characters explores this tension.