Using the historical, political and cultural weight of the artist's body to inform landscape, Physical Law uses the presence of the black female body as both object and subject to tap into the often ignored double signifiers of trees and apples as symbols of racial violence via lynchings, while simultaneously invoking their ties to (E/e)nlightenment and the creation of "the black body". After stringing a net made of hair over a tree limb, the artist fills the net with apples, and then ties off the end of the net into her hair. Raising the net, the artist distances her body from the tree, shaking the net periodically to release apples. While eating the apples, the artist faces the tree, confronting its historical and symbolic weight. The apples function as extensions of the tree as both Strange Fruit and the discovery of gravity.
photo by Caitlyn Clester