Cheli es santa (Cheli is a Saint) is a multi-media installation consisting of a performance video in which I construct a chair by using my body to balance it in place while sitting on it. The chair has carved inscriptions of violent phrases in Spanish that get impressed into my skin. If I get up the chair falls apart.

This project is about women "keeping it together" by retaining emotional balance and strength while being abused in order to continue their role as mothers and wives, a role both passive and active, subdued but requiring tremendous emotional and physical effort. 

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