Intestine in my eye
The law library is a bodily organ – pumping, breathing, feeding law and language. Located at the heart of the Supreme Court of Victoria building, the vast, domed law library is surrounded and embraced by the legal system. But what symbolic meaning, what power, what particles of law are contained by the dome? By this heart, lung, breast?
Here, performance artist and writer Rosie Isaac takes up the fundamental legal principle of precedent as a strategy for thinking about accumulation, inheritance and the embodied experience of the artist as legal subject. Moulded through writing, research, time and a series of conversations, the work emerges from a place of avowed legal ignorance. Isaac’s artist book and accompanying performances take a microscopic view of the law as social construct; identifying and digesting its structures and systems like food passing through the intestinal tract. Slipping, turning, wobbling, Intestine in my eye refuses the linearity of legal logic, finding echoes of the law in the library, the hotel room, the body and the chemical processes that underpin them all.
Mentor & Editor
Intestine in my eye has been assisted by Creative Victoria and the Australian government through Australia Council, its arts and funding advisory body. With special thanks to the Law Library of Victoria and Quest Apartments, Lauren Burrow, Olivia Koh, Laura Dreyfus, Aodhan Madden, Nell Pearson, Trent Walter, Emily Castle and Briony Galligan.