1.5 gallons is the amount of blood flowing through our bodies at all times. The artist transfused the blood of the tree into his bloodstream. For 8 hours, rojas created casts of his hands, made soap molds, and performed the ritual of ablution.
In this collaboration between rojas and poet pamela sneed, the artists recognize the labor of artists and black and brown people during this past year of pandemic. It is an attempt to send a blessing to all those hands that by holding on, have held us through. Hands to hold is a journey of gratitude and acknowledgement, a litany to the pandemics (aids and covid-19) and the waves of mourning around us. It is an attempt to memorialize the intersections of our relationships to this land and the systems of oppression that we’ve inherited.