Interview realized between 2016 and 1976.
Originally from South Richmond, Virginia, Sissy Hankshaw was born in the Eisenhower Years and now lives in the Dakotas.
Sissy has remarkably large thumbs - symbol of emancipation and non-conformity. Thanks to them, she gained freedom and was queen of hitchhiking, an art understood not as a means but as an essential act. She has built a hitchiking vision of the world, made of rhythms, nuances, and spatial tensions: a poetic and magical occupation of space and time.
To Courbet’s statement “I am my own government,” Sissy would probably replace it with “Be your own celebration!”
Sometimes a crow or a raven, in order to crack open a nut, will stop at a red light, put it on the road and, once the light turns green, expect cars to drive over the nut, leaving its content exposed. The context in which this bird lives, influences its ways of doing things, so to speak, opens possibilities and creates challenges.
Idoine is the will to share a curiosity and an appetite for modes of operation, conditions for its guests’ surfacing of tools and internal logic.