handwoven palm fiber and stethoscope 2020
A handwoven basket in the shape of noise cancelling headphones holds the earpieces of a stethoscope to translate understanding of a heartbeats as a love song. Stethoscopes are used by emergency medical workers in hospitals and at sites of state and police violence on black and brown bodies, they are a listening tool for life and life-saving. The translation basket is a reminder that every heart beat is a precarious love song with an inevitable end. Failure to recognize, value, honor and protect these songs and the bodies who sing them has been instrumental in building violent, white supremacist, anthropocentric cultures, governments and individuals based on disconnection. The translation basket is a container to remedy the enforcement of disconnection.