Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988

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Lygia Clark. _O eu e o tu (The I and the you)_. 1967

Lygia Clark. O eu e o tu (The I and the you). 1967

Industrial rubber, foam, vinyl, acrylon, zipper, water, fabric
66 15/16 x 26 3/4 x 3 1/8" (170 x 68 x 8 cm)
Courtesy Associação Cultural “O Mundo de Lygia Clark”

Glenn Lowry: Clark called these suits O eu e o tu, or The I and the you. She initially meant for them to be experienced by a male and a female participant—their interaction with each other and the suits forms the meaning of the work. She said:

Lygia Clark (read by voice actor): What's important is the act of doing, in the present… the artist is dissolved into the world.

Glenn Lowry: Inside each suit are pockets containing different materials. Two participants of any gender can explore these materials, both in their own suit and in each other's. Connie Butler:

Connie Butler: : In The I and the you, the cord that joins the two participants we can read as some kind of umbilical cord, but also, the exploration that the man and the woman are engaging in can be seen as neutral, but certainly can also be seen in gendered and sexual terms.

The subjects' eyes are covered by these sensorial masks. So what I think is possible, is that while the subjects begin gendered as male and female, that as the exploration of the body is begun by these different subjects, that in some ways the subjects lose their gender, that they become all sensory experience, all skin, all body, all material.