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The curtains or veils in Devin Harclerode’s Boundaries function both as (translucent) barriers and as a passageway. The first is a bead curtain—made from fingernails, herbs, shells, hair, and woven textiles—with a chain link fence pattern on top. The second appears like a long-cabin style quilt made of mesh and organza, and the third, like a fragile and delicate version of camouflage netting and fishing nets.
Hair—braided in small loops, functioning as rope, or loosely draping like a tassel—is a reoccurring theme and provokes a sense of the abject.
For Harclerode, the curtains refer to larger social barriers created by history, legislation, and gender binaries that code, police, oppress, and essentialize bodies into set behaviors.