Mary Corey March


Interwoven: Icon Exchange

This was an international collaboration between five artists from around the world and one anthropologist organized by artist Mary Corey March by invitation of the Transcultural Exchange Center in Boston for their "Here, There and Everywhere" show.


Jordan Kraemer (anthropologist, USA), Mary Corey March (artist, USA), Sophie Menuet (artist, France), Annysa Ng (artist, Hong Kong/USA), Simone Stoll (artist, Germany), and Lina Puerta (artist, Columbia/USA).

Each collaborator submited one icon (an image that can be unpacked into larger cultural or personal meaning) and one concept or idea. Collaborators then selected at least one of each to inspire a piece in any media

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Icon submitted by Jordan Kraemer

Jordan Kraemer (anthropologist)

Idea: Worldling

The idea of “worlding” emerges from work in science and technology studies (STS), as well as my own field of anthropology, to describe how people generate the social and cultural worlds in which they participate and interact. Worlding, according to scholars such as Donna Haraway, is about ways of being in the world, in everyday, often minute interactions with other people, objects, and ideas. Through worlding, we all participate, albeit in different ways, in producing our shared worlds, both imaginatively, symbolically, interactionally, and materially.


Jordan Kraemer is an anthropologist studying social effects of online media. Her product from the project will be exploring how the icons and concepts relate to her research questions as an anthropologist. In particular, she will be taking up the ideas generated by the artists' work and by collaboration as a whole, and thinking through how it helps us understand everyday experiences and interactions. She contributed in commentary on the group blog over the course of the project.

Icon submitted by Mary Corey March

Mary Corey March (artist)

Idea: Liminal Space

Liminal space is a threshold between worlds, thoughts, personalities… nearly anything. It can be a psychological space, a physical space (usually a ritual space), or a conceptual space. It is that ambiguity between phases, between male and female, black and white, civilized and wild. It is the place between adult and youth, or the period after experience but before the growth from that transformation settles. It is defined by being undefined, always between, neither fully this nor that.

In folklore it is often symbolized by a period of time “in the woods”. The hero/ine goes into a space where the rules of society are temporarily suspended, where they exist outside of rules and conventions, but at the same time are not participants in the real world. They generally have a transformative experience there and emerge into society a different sort of player.

There are people who live perpetually in some sort of liminal space- transgender people, perpetual travelers, people from multiple cultures or races. Liminality takes on new meaning when it is incorporated into one’s everyday life, when one is always one foot in one world, one foot in another.

I find it intensely interesting as an idea. It is the brink of transformation, the ambiguous state which is often unmarked, and yet is so very important.

Used for She Reveals Hidden Color piece:

a combination of Sophie Menuet's Mask image together with a combination of Annysa Ng's "See the Visible Invisble" and Sophie Menuet's "Unquiet Mind".

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Icon submitted by Sophie Menuet

Sophie Menuet (artist)

Idea: Extension

My idea is developed around a space tense or relaxed. Knots, just extend a substance disorder, an object, a body. Perceiving a stretch, extension, elastic thinking. A reflex may be impaired, paralyzed, flaccid. A boomerang with a start seems irregular.

Used for dedale nacre piece:

a combination of Lina Puerta and Simone Stoll's images and Sophie Menuet's "Unquiet Mind" concept.

Link to video of work: dedale nacre

Icon submitted by Annysa Ng

Annysa Ng (artist)

Idea: See the Visible of the Invisible

How a symbol or an object elevate to an artwork? Through which, the body or the soul, we can experience truth? The tangible and the unearthly matters always fused together like the indetachable yin-yang as they complete each other. In the image of the teapot, the body is solid while the spout is hinted by a dashed line. The virtual part completed the function of the object while the tangible part stimulate the thoughts of that and more.

Used for Belowwater piece:

A combination of Simon Stoll (soap) and Sophie Menuet's (mask) images and Simone Stoll's Unquiet Mind concept.

About Belowwater:

This image is taken from part of the assemblage. A mask (persona), labeled with laundry symbols: machine washable, bleachable, tumble dry, iron, and dry clean, is displayed on the top of a tripod, like the ice tip in Freud’s iceberg metaphor. The mask can be washed and re-painted. Below the water, it is the unconscious mind, as the Pandora’s box, which is represented by a group of boxes chained, locked and sealed with labels bearing the laundry symbols: do-not-wash, do-not-bleach, do-not-tumble dry, do-not-iron and do-not-dry clean. The “box” that holds the hidden memories, suppression, fears and desires seems to be inaccessible and inerasable.

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Icon submitted by Lina Puerta

Lina Puerta (artist)

Idea: Baggage

Used for untitled piece

A combination of Mary March's image and Sophie Menuet's concept of extension.



Icon submitted by Simone Stoll

Simone Stoll (artist)

Idea: The Unquiet Mind

The mind is perceived as a separate space opposed to body space; though mind can also be understood and experienced as a physical space; a space one wonders through, one discovers incessantly and one, that is in constant state of learning and unlearning, a state of transition. The ‘Unquiet mind’ communicates, with the other, the inner and the outer other. The term ’Unquiet Mind’ is taken from Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychiatry professor who wrote on her personal experience of manic-depressive illness.

Used for Lost piece:

A combination of Jordan Kraemer's image and Mary March's concept of "Liminal Space".

About Lost

Simone set out to make a video exploring the psychological aspect of Liminal space that occurs in a moment of great distress and leaves the mind and body in disbalance, nor here nor there.