Using the historical, political and cultural weight of my body to inform landscape, Physical Law situates 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, I filled the net with apples, and tied off the end of the net into my hair. Raising the apples, I distanced my body from the tree, shaking the net periodically to release them. While I ate the apples, I faced the tree, contemplating 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