Ordinary Secrets features a common piece of clothing, a woman’s skirt, as a symbol for cryptic implications. Eight large skirts made of aluminum screen are mounted on wheeled, circular retail clothing racks in two parallel rows, as if lining up in the gallery for a ritualistic moment. The semi-transparent layers of screen allow the viewer to detect dangling, aluminum nozzles inside the skirts, as if floating in a womb. On a glowing yellow wall beyond the skirts, hangs a shining, bulging hot water bottle and hundreds of metal hooks. The environment conjures themes of memory, female strength and vulnerability.

Ordinary Secrets, installation view, 1998, mixed media