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Lacy created an installation entitled “She Who Would Fly” as one event in the Three Weeks performance. She began by listening on two afternoons to women who were invited to come to the gallery to share their own experiences of sexual violation. After speaking, they wrote their stories on paper and attached them to maps of the United States that covered the room; taped to the place where the rape had occured.
Immediately before the performance, Lacy created a ritual for her four performers, each of whom had direct experience with sexual violence, and together they shared food and stories and covered each other with red grease paint.
The installation was open for one evening. Four people at a time entered the small gallery space and were confronted with a lamb carcass with white-feathered wings suspended between floor and ceiling as if in flight. As the audience worked their way around the lamb, they read the stories pinned to the map-covered walls. On one wall poet Deena Metzger wrote a description of her own rape. After being in the space for a few minutes, the viewers, often with a shock, became aware that they were being watched. Four women were perched above the door, nude, their bodies’ stained bright red--avenging Valkeries, metaphors for a woman’s consciousness that often splits from her body as it is being raped, the bird-women reminded visitors they were voyeurs to the pain of very real experiences.