Public Artwork

Close Your Eyes...

Susan Edelstein, Close Your Eyes, 1993
200 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Edelstein, Susan
Text author(s): 
Edelstein, Susan
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 

Installed in brochure racks on the British Columbia Ferries, at the Vancouver Tourist Information Centre and at various other locations


Flyers placed in various displays

Text of the artwork: 

Close your eyes and count to 100...

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,

nine, ten...


Ready or not here I come.

She represented a map of meanings to

both sides of her family.

Always careful to conceal or reveal the

tiny silver pendant when she would visit


Making the wrong move could result in broken codes.



Step on a crack and break

your mother’s back.


She had been told both families

were fractured by this union.


Marrying outside of the chosen faith

was forbidden.


It broke their mothers’ hearts.




Step on a line and break your

mother’s spine.


She remembered walking a fine line

between their beliefs.

One slip would break the connection.




Step on a stone and break your

mother’s bones.


She became an expert on navigating

between the obstacles in her path.


She always remembered to wear a





Cross my head and hope to die.


They never spoke about the presence

of difference.

The weight of the chains

made it difficult to breathe.

Text theme: 
Mixed mariage, religion, sense of community, racism
Artwork theme: 
Mixed mariage, religion, sense of community, racism
Exhibition Out of Place, organized by the Association for Noncommercial Culture
Event date(s): 



Out of Place

Larson, Jacqueline, Monika Kin Gagnon, Sandra Edmunds (1993).  Out of Place. Vancouver : Association for Noncommercial Culture