EXHALES DRAWN IN GLASS

How might we 'see' an exhale?


Exhales Drawn in Glass,
glass blown by Megan Biddle for Emily Harris
Unique Edition: 5/14

"More than merely pondering the currencies of breathing, When Our Breaths Run is a rumination on the estrangements we have with our own bodies.
Excerpt from essay by Dodo Dayao (April, 2017) Exhibition and Limited Edition Catalog

 

 


 

 


Megan Biddle exhaling into molten glass.
Video by Emily Harris, 2017 (1:49)

 


DESIGN NOTES

"Presenting exhales evokes a strange relationship with our own bodies," says Harris. "By slowing breathing way down, the artmaking questions and 'makes strange' a usually automatic process."

This project’s topics on breathing, slowing down, strangeness, and consciousness of the body can be traced back to a
conversation with Harris in late December 2016, when she describes a strategy shared by a friend, on how to support victims of
real-time hate crimes: If you see somebody being harassed, go stand next to them; just by your physical nearness to the victim, a
lot can be done to block the perpetrators and diffuse the situation.
This experience of the potential of one’s conscious physical presence in a chaotic social landscape is what moved Harris in the
direction for this upcoming project. “Being perceptive and using your body simply, can be the most radical act,” she says.

“Breathing corresponds to the first autonomous gesture of the living human being. To come into the world supposes inhaling and
exhaling by oneself.” ~Luce Irigaray, Between East and West: From Singularity to Community, p.73.

This work is dedicated to Margaret Sheffield (1939-2016)

 



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