Vois-tu-pas … que je brûle? (do you not see… is a pair of commissioned installations in two disparate vendors’ stalls in the Essex Street Market on view throughout the month of May, 2015. Both Ettun and Robbins work between sculpture, video and performance. They make objects that testify to the desire for the thing, for the body, and for the fetish. Their material perspectives are both playful and jarring, filled with curiosity and yet also clearly interested in how to picture the potential for violence. In this sense, they are also trying to picture trauma, or the absence that extreme shock inscribes in the mind. The title and the referent for this project are lifted from the final passage in Cathy Caruth’s book, Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History. The pair of commissions was also conceived in response to a space (the Essex Street Market) that feels saturated with absence, loss, and history simultaneously.
Text:Page 112 in Cathy Caruth, Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative, and History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), print.