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One night, after a thunderous rainstorm, my college roommate Jenny Sorocco Lin and I walk outside to this giant puddle that collects in the same spot every time there is a downpour. She sits and I kneel inside the puddle, and I shampoo and wash out her hair.

Rinse (2013) was intended as a simple gesture of connection between two close friends interacting with the environment in an unusual way. Later, when we shared images produced from the performance, viewers often placed the piece in a historical context,
thinking about a time when black female slaves were the caretakers for white female slave owners. We were surprised by this interpretation, but thought it was visible, and found the context of the interaction (my washing Jenny’s hair with murky rain water) complicated the racialized interpretation of the project as well.