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Quickening

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Summary
In the opening moments of this piece, a bird grasped by an outstretched hand flaps its wings in an attempt to fly away. In the ensuing montage that follows, images are repeated and reshuffled, taking on new meanings. A pregnant woman's body appears. A woman plays hide-and-seek with an infant. A man strokes a woman's shoulders and she opens her fist to reveal an animal's tooth. Clothes are hung on a line to dry. A hawk trapped indoors flaps wildly at a window. A child's hand is thrust into a tank containing a sea anemone, the tentacles of which curl around her fingers. A man cuts a child" fingernails, which begin to bleed. A loose relationship is suggested between the children and animals depicted. The work is approximately 14 minutes long.
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