In a salute to my senior sister artist, Howardena Pindell, Divorce is a multimedia, wall-mounted, assemblage being exhibited for the first time at York College during a time that will go down in global history. Howardena’s 1980 video, Free, White, and 21, inspired my decision to wear cat’s eye sunglasses and a mock turtleneck, but, unlike her political intentions, mine are purely personal as I hide my eyes that often speak louder than my voice.
As I cope with the COVID pandemic isolation, a decades-old project titled UNMADE, which has been developing in my studio, emerged with a vengeance. Divorce is a recent addition to UNMADE where, after shredding all the letters (dated as far back as 1972) written to me by my two past spouses, I found those shredded letters take on new life and contained them inside shadowboxes that then prompted me to address anew what was written on them in concrete script written across my torso and flowing from my lips.
Margaret Rose Vendryes