Material matters

Kate walks to the center of the stage carrying a laundry basket. In the basket are large pieces of cotton fabric and a pair of scissors.

Kate picks up one of the pieces of fabric, cuts less than an inch at the edge, and yanks the piece of fabric apart, tearing it in two.

Kate: I love that sound.

Kate repeats the cut, yank, tear process.

Kate: Not because it is particularly beautiful.

Kate repeats the cut, yank, tear process.

Kate: I think it is because the sound is inextricably bound to the tactile sensations of the action.

Kate repeats the cut, yank, tear process.

Kate: It’s a very decisive feeling.

Kate repeats the cut, yank, tear process.

Kate: Like I have to be sure what I’m doing. Committed.

Kate repeats the cut, yank, tear process.

Kate: But I really don’t have to be that sure.

Kate repeats the cut, yank, tear process.

Kate: By tearing the fabric this way, I get a perfectly straight line. Every time.

Kate repeats the cut, yank tear process.

Kate: All the feeling of commanding mastery, with none of the worry about fucking it all up.

Kate repeats the cut, yank, tear, process.

Kate: I love that sound.

Curtain.