Conversation Piece is a one to one durational performance. Participants were invited into a dialogue using a writing device from the Victorian era known as a planchette. This heart shaped board on wheels was traditionally used in seances to draw out messages presumed to come from the spirit world. In the performance the planchette is used as a drawing tool to record a live unspoken conversation with participants. Each encounter made its own unique mark and was reliant upon a sense of intimacy, negotiation and exchange. The roll of paper, marked by the drawings of each sitting, was exhibited at the end of the performance along with the handmade planchette.
Commissioned by Amanprit Sandhu for the performance programme at Art13 London in the Olympia Grand Hall. The performance programme included artists: Bedwyr Williams, Plastique Fantastique, Juneau Projects and Alice Anderson. Conversation Piece was supported and exhibited by Jerome Zodo Contemporary.
The Other Room is a live performance where a half-horse half-human figure attempts to stand up and perform a tap dance. The floor beneath her is coated with a slippery fluid that makes it difficult to stand. Each time piano music plays she tries to stand up and perform the dance but the floor is so slippery that she repeatedly falls, returning back to the beginning unable to complete the performance.
Commissioned by the Foundation for Women’s Art and performed as part of the Uncanny Tales exhibition that featured the artists Paula Rego, Ana Maria Pacheco, Marcelle Hanselaar and Oona Grimes. Curated by Rosie Cooper at Barbican Art Gallery (London) and performed with Rebecca Horn’s Concert for Anarchy as part of The Surreal House Exhibition. Presented at International Festival of Contemporary Arts (Ljubljana), Jerome Zodo Contemporary (Milan) and performance festivals across the UK, France, Spain and Italy.
Displacements is a solo exhibition curated by Geraldine Blais at Jerome Zodo Contemporary in Milan. The exhibition brought together artworks produced from 2006-2011 and featured video, photographic prints, objects and performance excerpts from The Other Room, Tracing Shadows and dis-locate. Commissioned by Jerome Zodo Contemporary.
dis-locate is a live ensemble performance that features movement, light, chemical materials and a soundtrack mixed live. The work was developed during a residency at Queen Mary University in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and the Department of English and Drama. The residency involved collaboration with Dr. Adrian Dobbs, Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, to investigate chemical materiality and processes of transformation in science. The performance features choreographed movement that responds to chemical processes and incorporates live chemical reactions. The soundtrack by Mark Peter Wright (Sonic Arts British Composer of The Year) was composed of remixed audio recordings from the science laboratory.
Developed as part of AiR artist residency at Queen Mary, University of London. Supported by Arts Council England. Presented at Queen Mary University of London, Chelsea Theatre (London), UKYA British Art Showcase (Derby), Jerome Zodo Contemporary (Milan). A short film of the performance was produced by Lisa Cazzato Vieyra (Native Voice Films) and has been screened at Performance Space (London) FEM Festival (Girona) and ATCL Festival (Rome).
Myths and Metamorphoses is an exhibition of video and photographic collage works that depict the human figure embroiled within animals, insects, sea life, reptiles, plants, minerals, weather and solar systems. The artworks were created in response to Ovid’s Metamorphoses and present a menagerie of mythic monsters, hybrid forms and bodily transformations that reimagine the text as a visual language. The stories depicted include Hera whose breast milk formed the Milky Way, Scylla with ferocious dogs in place of her lower limbs and Europa who was ravished by a giant bull whilst gathering flowers in a meadow.
Commissioned by New Moves International for The National Review of Live Art at Tramway (Glasgow) with a soundtrack by Mark Peter Wright, Sonic Arts Composer of the Year.
Tracing Shadows is a live performance that incorporates movement, lighting by Chiara Ambrosio and a soundtrack by Mark Peter Wright. The performance is based on The Girl and the Blue Dress a ‘coming of age’ fairytale developed during a writing course with Professor Marina Warner (The Tale: Tellings and Retellings) at the University of Essex. In the story a young girl struggles with an enchanted blue dress that steals her voice, sews itself to her skin and takes over her body and movement. The performance avoids linear narrative and instead presents a series of physical and visual scenes that show the body at stages of transformation, collapse and fusion with the materiality of the blue dress.
Presented at Chelsea Theatre (London) as part of the Sacred Season, Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff) as part of Experimentica, Tramway (Glasgow) as part of New Moves International, The Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House (London) as part of Firsts and at Jerome Zodo Contemporary (Milan) as part of the solo exhibition Displacements. Supported by an Artsadmin Bursary and developed during a residency with the Royal Anthropological Institute (London).