the Lord is my Rock

Gold, mortar and pestle, vials and nard oil

Installation

2016

 

The installation is in the back of a room, framed by a Persian rug. The woman creates nard oil by crushing spikenard root into smaller pieces with the mortar and pestle, heating up the oil, and then distributing them into glass vials. The performance occurs throughout the exhibition so people can watch her making oil in a time-loop fashion. 

The performance expands as the woman asks people to participate by allowing the woman to bless the participant with the nard oil. She then gifts the person with oil by saying a prayer in Farsi, and then calls the participant to make peace in the world by giving the participant a vial of nard oil.