Proposal Title: Imprinting the Veil, 11/28/2007, January 2010
3.08 m x 6.08 m, 2 m x 15cm
white silk, blood, slumped glass, light
Proposal Synopsis: Proposal: Imprinting the Veil
All human beings share a biological, fundamental make-up of our bodies and life experiences such as love, birth, and death. This project will document Iraqi civilian deaths by a repetitive fingerprint of blood on a white, rectilinear, transparent fabric.
I will imprint my fingerprint, in my blood, each day the war continues. The marks made on the fabric will be a continuum and accumulative. Media statistics distort, so numbers will not be important in this project. Structurally, the art piece will honor all deaths of this war through the gestural mark in genetic material. The piece will be exhibited in a gallery or museum site, stretched taut, horizontally, hovering 30 centimeters above the floor.
A disc of slumped glass, approximately 2 meters in circumference and 15 cm thick, will be mounted adjacent to the piece. Etched onto the bottom of the circular glass will be the number nine, in Arabic, which will repeat in a circular pattern on the glass, filling it with concentric rings, and casting a translucent shadow on the wall. Arabic, the oldest language of the world is structured in mathematical principles. The language is collectively associated around the stem number 99. The number nine sub-divides and multiplies conceptually mirroring the fingerprints of blood on the cloth.
Artist's Biography: Suzanne Kanatsiz is one of two daughters born to an American mother and Turkish father, who married in Istanbul and subsequently emigrated to the U.S. She grew up in San Diego, California. She finished her BA in painting at San Diego State University in 1984, and her MFA in sculpture at San Jose State University in 1988. She has lived in Europe and the Middle East and traveled extensively. She recently spent six months in Istanbul, Turkey where she taught at Sabanci University. She has taught art to a diversity of populations including disabled adults in San Francisco and incarcerated men and women in the California Correctional system. She taught as a fulltime professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has been teaching in the sculpture area of the visual arts at Weber State University since 1999. She lives with her husband and son in Utah and is represented by ?A? Gallery in Salt Lake City.