L’Adieu – Pearls Before Gods

(1993, window of the

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York)(duration: 28 days): 

In this performance at the window of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York I worked daily, sewing pearls onto a white silk gown, and revealed the relationship of women’s labor to global pay scales. My wage was calculated each day at the rate of a different country, and I used the money for symbolic purchases of flowers and bread, as food for the soul and body. Time and money are valued differently depending on who is spending the time and who is spending the money.