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Thank you to all those who attended the performance. It was a brilliant afternoon. Please visit the blog set up specifically for this project for more images and context on this new body of work.
Friday, 22 July 2011
One hundred helium balloons have arrived for my latest work, which takes place on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at Cathays Cemetery. 2pm-4pm. It will be great to see you there. After the short action is performed there will be light refreshments and lots of cake to enjoy. Come and celebrate this brave girls life with me.
Hope to see you there.
Please follow the below link to BBC iPlayer to listen to the radio discussion about my latest project In Memory of Balloon Girl. It was exciting in the Radio Cymru studio, and I really enjoyed the interview. Its a Welsh language interview, but feel free to listen, Im about 45 minutes into the programme.
Mae’r rhaglen yn Cymraeg, felly dwy’n awgrymu bod pobl sy’n gallu darllen y neges yma yn gwrando.
Please note: this link will expire after 7 days
The images of the performance In Honour of Polly Garter, created specifically for the G39 closing event on July 2nd 2011 take you through a series of simple rituals I performed. The pictures were taken by Maura Hazelden, (aka Fflo Fflach), who happened to be observing the performance that day.
The piece began by myself sweeping and scrubbing the pavement in front of the gallery. The smell of the Dettol disinfectant used was intoxicating as I carried out this task. For me the connotations of motherhood, grazed knees and nursing are very strongly linked to the amber coloured disinfectant. After discarding the dirty water, I proceeded to hang a bunch of bright yellow roses above the threshold. Yellow roses are given as a sign of friendship, but more relevant to this work, are also given as a fond farewell. Early that morning I had used two urine sample pots to piss in. It was brightly coloured early morning pee, made stronger by the salty Chinese curry Id eaten the night before. Marked on the urine samples was “Hwyl Fawr G39’.
I blessed the doorstep by unscrewing the caps off the sample bottles, releasing the urine, and gestured to piss like the drunken men who regularly do this on a boozy Mill Lane night out.
The performance ended with me pulling my garter down which had the front door key on it, and opening the space for the crowd to enter.
G39’s threshold was officially blessed.
Monday, 18 July 2011
Sunday, 10 July 2011
I will be making a new site-specific performance, whcih takes place at Cathays Cemetery on Sunday July the 24th, 2011 at 2pm-4pm.
The performance will explore the tragic death of 14-year-old Louisa Maud Evans and the fear she must have felt in having to jump from the doomed balloon into the Bristol Channel.
This new live work forms Phase 1 of the memorial project. I hav commissioned a creative writer, a filmmaker and photographer to document and respond to the piece. The performance residue will then be collated and a film and publication launch will take place at St. David’s Hall in November 2011.
Please join me in honouring this brave girl. Refreshments will be available to enjoy at the end of the event.
This project has been fully funded by the Arts Council of Wales.
I will be flying the flag for Wales along side 34 other Artist's that have been selected to make work for Adain Avion. This project is curated by Marc Rees and is a Cultural Olympiad 2012 project for Wales. A silver, wingless airplane will be transformed into a mobile contemporary art space that will showcase visual and performing artist's around our nation.
My work will be included in the Swansea docking of the plane. I am working on a site-specific, socially engaging piece that will begin in the heart of the city, and will culminate in a new performance piece to take place inside the aircraft in June 2012.
Friday, 1 July 2011
Sunday, 12 June 2011
The film documentation of Lovebite will be exhibited at Birkbeck College University of London, as part of a conference which explores peoples responses to medical procedure. The show has been curated by the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art and features artists from Ireland and the UK.
preview 2 July 2011
On 2 July g39 will close its doors on 13 years of history in advance of our imminent relocation. Before that happens we have one last exhibition and one final special event to say goodbye to number 39. Please join us to welcome in the new era.
After 12 years in its three-storey townhouse, g39 as we know it is coming to a momentous end. The organisation must relocate to new premises and the space will be given back. In a parting gesture, we have invited a selection of artists to contribute to a final grand exhibition. They will be making work that marks the end of the building’s use as a cultural hub and a centre for artistic development in Wales.
Over the last twelve years the building has seen extensive renovation work and temporary conversions in order to display artists’ work. Walls and doorways have been built and unbuilt, apertures have been sliced into ceilings and floors, windows have disappeared and reappeared. These conversions are being entirely undone in preparation for our departure. The space is back to its bare, undecorated state. It is this environment that the artists have been invited to work with, and they will be responding to this de-purposed building with a meaningful gesture that marks their time here.
Throughout the duration of exhibition they will contribute to an accumulation of works and ideas, culminating in a final closing event thoughout the day and night on 2 July 2011, the eve of the gallery’s thirteenth anniversary.
This special event will give audiences and artists alike a chance to say one final goodbye to the building, and possibly to announce the latest developments in our relocation.
Finally, after months of lovingly labouring over my website it is complete and ready for you all to see. Building it was a brilliant process in which I had the chance to reflect chronologically on my practice.
Please visit it for context on my artwork- both old and new. It will be regularly updated as I have a lot of exciting projects coming up. However, I will still be a committed blogger as I find addressing people through this direct medium very liberating.
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Three new performances were created over the three-day Perfformiad event at Chapter. The event was a brilliant success, and myself and the other two artists were humbled by the amount of support we had from our audience. They showed great patience and commitment to the developing work.
Threshold was my first performance at the Arts Centre, during which I placed myself in front of the main entrance and invited people to carry me across the threshold. Participants struggled with my weight as they tried to walk the short distance with me in their arms. The act fostered a real sense of trust between the carrier and myself, as I often had to sense their strength whilst also taking into account their physical safety (the last thing I wanted was to injure someone’s back!) Overall this action was very enjoyable and created a very festive atmosphere- people clapped, whistled and cheered as people succeeded in the task. It felt like a village wedding.
The second performance lasted five hours, without a break from 2pm until 7pm. Curiad/Beat was an invitation for people to come and find my heartbeat using a stethoscope. The intimacy this action prompted was intense as people had to concentrate and move in closely. People smiled with delight once they had located the heartbeat, and regularly commented on how steady and calm it was.
The final performance Home is where the heart is, lasted five hours and forty-four minutes. During this work I aimed to fill the front courtyard with small house shaped cardboard structures, which had a red heart inside. My intentions for making the work were to stress the importance of belonging, and my frustration at not being able to afford property. Much like the other two pieces, this work focused on my desires to settle. I laboured over these houses for three hours, carved the shapes from the cardboard, and painted red hearts. I felt trapped in this making process, it was too focused and I found it difficult to engage with onlookers. After a while I felt that I needed to change tack and began building myself a home. The structure was solid and provided good shelter from the wind. I sat in my new found home for two hours and forty-four minutes. People began to join me to discuss the series of performances they had seen me undertake. The work became far more socially engaging than the previous action.
Having the opportunity to change the course of a work whilst making it publicly was liberating and stems from the freedom of making new work over three days. Often artists working in the realm of performance have to prove themselves within a two-hour slot. Perfformiad’s structure allowed all three artists to establish a bond with the audience, whilst allowing the work to grow more organically over a period of time.
Photocredit to Cathy Boyce
Images of Threshold will follow shortly