"Since my early performances, the body has been central to my work. Even before that I was making small works on paper using bodily fluids and body rejects as materials. I have always been dissatisfied with work that just appeals to your intellect and does not actually involve you in a physical way. For me the embodiment of an artwork is within the physiacl realm: the body is the axis of our perceptions, so how can art not afford to take that as a starting point? We relate to the world through our senses .... Meanings, connotations and associations come after the initial physical experience, intellect, psyche are fired off by what you've seen. (M.Archer, ' The body is the axis of our perception'. Interview with Mona Hatoum in 'Art from the UK. Sammlung Goetz', Munich 1997, p.98).