A Resource for Performing Artists, Scholars and Audiences.
In my work I court the impossible; I hold tight to a teetering edge. I am fascinated by what philosopher Drew Leder calls the null point—the place between—neither in nor out of the body’s acuity. I attempt to suspend time and extend the tipping point, the moment right before collapse, dangling, almost falling, almost overflowing. By reconfiguring the elements of setting, object and gesture in both performance and installation, I create familiar scenes unsettlingly skewed, evoking contemplation, peril, devotion or longing.
I find inspiration in my immediate surroundings: the place, the season, the remnants on hand. In fact, I am wooed by mundane, seemingly ordinary things and common, repetitive tasks. I sculpt space and material to create heightened sites for routine but exacting gestures, nudging oversized sculptural objects into ephemerality. The transformation of the physical material during the performance serves as both motive and metaphor for the transformation of my mental and emotional state. I conjure a kind of quiet alchemy by imprinting the space, moment by moment, hour after hour, with simple, ceaseless effort: sifting, licking, kissing, laughing. In my work, in every way, I seek the magic of being richly and intensely present.
I will be in residence in Bergen, Norway working with my performance collaborator (Terese Longva of Longva+Carpenter, see image above) for 3 months, March-ish through May-ish. I am still looking for a place to live! If you have connections to friends/colleagues in Bergen, will you connect us?…
May I add my voice to the certain choir of congratulations and the flood of thank yous.
I visited MoMA the final week of the retrospective, wanting to feel the energy of the end. On the last Wednesday, I stood for nine hours on the line, waiting: two hours outside before the museum opened, and the whole day in the atrium. I was 29th in line. I was happy to wait; I wanted to witness. I decided not to leave my spot…Continue
As a performance and installation artist, I investigate longing, devotion and alchemy in durational live works. I am interested in the impossible in-between places: the moment right before collapse, dangling, almost falling, almost overflowing. I attempt to suspend time and extend that tipping point by conjuring a kind of quiet transformation by imprinting the space, moment by moment, hour after hour, with simple, ceaseless effort: sifting, licking, kissing, laughing. In my work, in every…Continue