REBECCA FRANCIS LADIDA

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Turmeric is the color of marigold (2019)

dyeing in my basement, hand/gestures, photograph.
vinegar, turmeric, cayenne, leftover cotton totes from a contemporary art museum’s store who once ordered boxes of the wrong color, black latex gloves

Notes, April 2019 ︎︎︎   
It’s been a few years now that turmeric is part of the things that sustain my well-being, my body’s mobility, lowish-inflammatory state. Its deep, rich and warm color has been a hue that has lifted me up and carried me through the world, energizing me, holding me; we called it marigold with Shaina, it feels like home. After several months of cogitations on wanting to make art with turmeric I’ve finally started experimenting today. I was aiming for an ombré dye here. Not quite what I had envisioned but it’s only the beginning...


 







                                                                                       
 








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This morning I read that turmeric is a fugitive dye. After thinking resilience & politics of refusal with Fred Moten’s Undercommons’ fugitive planning & black study for years, turmeric became part of this conversation.


























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