This tank of glowing urine manifests what may seem abstract in discussion: the physical burden placed on an individual body when bathroom access is restricted by discriminatory policy.
Pissed is a collection of all the liquid excreted by the artist in the 200 days following the Trump administration’s 2017 rollback of an Obama-era executive order allowing transgender students to use the bathroom matching their chosen gender identities.
“It seems insane that I have to make a cube of piss for people to get this idea. I shouldn’t have to make this. I shouldn’t have to hold my own urine. It’s crazy that we have to go to these extremes but this is the culture that we’re living in.”
VICE NEWS, OCT. 18, 2017
“No one morphology could be offered as exemplary for all transgender lives. Cassils wrestled with the need to document and the problems of evidence, arriving at a work that refused to image the human form but evoked it as an object of work, transformation, and purpose. As an abstract monument, The Resilience of the 20% draws on transgender experience and politics while also standing as an allegory of self-determination and resolve.”
– David Getsy
Fountain marked the final two hours of a 4,800 hour performance.
At the close of 200 days of collecting every drop of their urine, Cassils invited the audience to witness the final acts that would complete the durational sculpture PISSED. Standing on a platform above the audience in front of a grid of 255 orange medical bottles marked with the date of urine capture, the artist shared the deeply human acts of standing, drinking, and urinating.