Pan lids, threaded rod, grommets, nuts, steel
54” x 14” x 14”
While Berlier volunteered in the Peace Corps in Jamaica, she encountered the homophobic saying “two pan tops can’t meet.” This Jamaican proverb was translated to her as meaning “two vaginas can not come together.” Years later, Berlier noticed that mismatched pan lids are often abandoned and accumulate in thrift stores. She created homes for these lost pan-lids in earlier work where she coupled pan lids and mounted speakers inside them to refute the original saying. While working on that piece, Berlier found that aluminum lids resonated well and she saved them. Those lids resonate in this piece.
Her pan lid sculptures allow queerness to be heard. With this piece, Berlier invites viewers to challenge heteronormativity by creating queer sounds.