Decay the Quiet Side of Plants – Thaddeus Root w/performance with Sally Hudak

Thaddeus Root and Sally Hudak
Decay – the Quiet Side of Plants
July 7 – 31, 1995

a performance / action
Sally Hudak / Thaddeus Root
July 1995

My life at this time was about waiting.  I knew what
the outcome would be, my mother was dying.  Of
course we just didn’t know when.  It was a process.
This piece was an expression of that process.

It was a warm, summer afternoon.  Maybe nine
people were in the gallery.  No one had a camera.
I waited, lying, curled up on my side, on the floor.
Thaddeus came in the front door and began to
place 5” candles on the floor in a line which moved
towards me.  Each time he placed a candle he lit it
with a match.  The line of burning candles moved
closer to me until it encircled my curled up figure
closely enough to burn a hole in my cotton skirt.
I waited, I did not move until the last candle burned
out.  It took about an hour.  Some of the candles
actually burned down right to the floor and scarred
the wood.  Jean has since refinished the floor a few times but some of the marks are still there.

Southside Gallery floor which was burned during the performance and is still marked top this day. photo by Sally Hudak

Sally Hudak

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