Faith Wilding, Waiting, 1972
Faith Wilding

Faith Wilding (*1943, Paraguay, USA) emigrated from Paraguay to the US in 1961. She studied and worked with Judy Chicago and was part of the Feminist Art Program and Womanhouse in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. To this day, she refuses to limit herself to a single artistic medium, and she continues to expand and develop the formal structures of her art. Her works include textile sculptures, performances, new media and critical discourses that explore social problems and issues. Until 2011 Wilding was a faculty member and the Chair of the Performance Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Waiting is a 15 minute monologue, scripted and performed by Faith Wilding as part of the performance programme at Womanhouse, Los Angeles. Womenhouse was an art environment created by the students and teachers of the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts. Waiting condenses a woman’s entire life into a monotonous, repetitive cycle of waiting for life to begin while she serves and maintains the lives of others.

Courtesy Faith Wilding

Document media
Video, colour, sound, 15:00 min

Issue date

Laura Cottingham (Cott 1)
Barbara T. Smith (SMI 1)

femininity, patriarchy, repetition/seriality, stereotypes, vulnerability