BODY memory, archive, tool
MEMORY language, personal, universal
MUD the earth, childlike, reputation
AUTHENTICITY discussion, performance
LIBERATION from a socio-cultural repression, from fragility
I like to use things that are sourced from the everyday; typewriters, city-streets, exercise equipment, food. In my latest performance The Mud Dance, I perform with a costume made from chain and mud pods. There are two parts to The Mud Dance, the earthly and feminine but also the slop, chain and weight.
I began by creating a character named Sandra. Sandra is the personification of a problem, an internal repression drawn from cultural interference. I assessed how much of Sandra was my own or if potentially, she could be viewed as a collective mental construct.
Is The Mud Dance an act of love? Of purging or co-existing?
The body is an archive, a machine, it is the navel of my experience. I am interested in the body, how it moves, how it stores information, how I can access and reveal it.
I perform as a conductor.
My manuscript, The House of the Body, takes the cathartic elements of my practice further. This text is a meditation on memory drawn directly from the body.