"Big Space is about the body being a network and finding
the center. Then you think, what if there isn't any center?
Or what if you get there, and there's nothing? Those were the
fears I was trying to confront as I sat down to write this album.
"Anger in a cold place" - that's like, well, what
do you hide when you put on the uniform to get through the day?
What are the things you're not acknowledging? What does the
calm face hide? And it's the feelings that you're taking away.
You just strip yourself of them, and you become not human -
or wooden, as in Wooden Horse. I guess as a kid, I felt like
a thing sometimes. Or like an object. I felt sometimes that
I wasn't sure. As a child, it's easy to get that confused. You
look at a doll, and it seems to have a life. Then you look at
yourself, and you seem not to be able to move."
"The Open Hand Book - Notes on her
New Album", Musician, 1991, also published in Language
and in the Limited Edition of 99.9F° (http://www.vega.net/handbook.htm)
transcribed by Eric Szczerbinski
"It had not occurred to me that someone
would see it as an outside Big Space, although I can see why
they would, but I was thinking of it more as a spot within yourself
where things get lost or they fall into and they never come
back. It's a spiritual state too."
Interview with Fátima Castro Silva in "Urgent Whispers" (http://watermarks.vega.net/urgent_whispers/index.htm)
Notice the references in the song to language and pipelines just like in Rusted Pipe. [Ed.]