Kathleen Gilje
2018
oil on linen
28.5 x 66 inches
FOR ALL OF US WHO HAVE NEVER H AD GYMNASTICS IN SCHOOL
HERE’S WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LOSE BALANC E.
BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT IS
BALANCING ON A FENCE
ON A FENCE BETWEEN TWO EXPANSES
THE EMOTIONAL EXPENSE EXCRUCIATING.
WALKING TIL MY FEET TURN PURPLE
PURPLE FOR THE NUMBER OF TIMES SOMEONE ASKED ME
IF I’M A BOY OR A GIRL WHY DO I ONLY FEEL SAFE BEFORE NIGHTFALL?
WHY DO I ONLY FEEL SAFE BEFORE NIGHTFALL?

I AM VALID.