A snake in the day and a fish by night

This piece is centered around two sections of Rumi poems, and framed with a numeric system 1-10 (specifically using Farsi numbers). The sections of poem are:

“Your ‘self’ is a snake in the day and a fish at night”
“We are poor ants, collecting love”

This video compiles the performances for the camera: movements using the rhythm of counting in sets of 10 in combination with the poems, and my hands sculpting 30 phallic clay pieces. By combining these two very different gestures, and working within the structure of numbers and text, I see room for intimacy and humor around performing these actions for no audience. The works together show accumulation and physical acts of making as a means to no destination, circuitous and reflective.