Samantha Sweeting
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Untangling
2009
Looped video, 5 mins 30.
Shown as part of He Loved Her, and Sometimes She Loved Him Too installation.
Cinematography by Maeve O'Connell.
Performance by Charlotte Merino.
 

I used to sit and watch my lover’s sister meticulously untying the knots in her long, dark hair. It was a long process of untangling, as I was also busy untangling myself from him; each knotted lock one of the shackles that was binding us together.
In the end, he took a pair of old metal scissors and severed off his hair, giving it to me as a gift. Still heavy with his scent, I placed the tail in a box, then cut mine off and lay it down alongside – a little mausoleum to our love.