An older woman sits behind a younger woman on a stool. Twine still in hand, the older woman has just braided the hair of the younger woman, who inspects herself in a mirror. The age difference between the women and the intimacy involved in hair-tying suggest that they are mother and daughter.
Upon closer inspection, one realizes that the mother's stool has brooms for legs, and the braid in the daughter's hair matches the stitching of the brooms. These anomalies suggest that the mother's role in the family is domestic in nature, as indicated by her position atop the stool made with brooms, and that she is literally and figuratively grooming her daughter to follow in her footsteps. The scene raises questions about the implications of unquestioningly imparting and inheriting traditional gender roles within the family structure.
Deep Seat was performed on opening night (Friday, December 3, 2010) of the exhibition In Position: Works by Lauren Cunningham and Terence Tirpak at the Chase Street Warehouses, Unit 4, in Athens, Georgia. To watch a clip of the performance, click here.