2018 The Others, London 2022 POST gallery, Kaunas Picture Gallery 2022 Kėdainiai Bus Station, as part of FORMOS’22
I begin with 5 blank pages and 5 ink cartridges that puncture the bottom of the container of water suspended above the writing altar.
i. I take the first ink cartridge and water begins falling on the page.
ii. I write continuously until the cartridge is empty.
iii. repeat until all the cartridges are empty and all the pages are full.
the writer cleanses is a 5-hour durational performance that centres the action of cleansing through stream-of-consciousness writing as a way to confront personal trauma and disable the dimension of shame by making private domains public.
Inside the blur of the disappearing text, I invite audiences to ‘read’ the text I’m producing through the physical process of writing and linger with me at the border of my inside, swimming between the words and water on the page.
The pages left after the performance transcend the form of a text and capture the time I spent with each page. ‘Reading’ these pages gives direct access to the thoughtspace of writing them, reducing the distance between idea and expression to more accurately reflect the underlying intent and emotions.
Language always has the potential to be corrupted and altered due to words’ incomplete performance of meaning and our individual understandings and associations. This way of writing attempts to circumvent these misalignments to seek a more precise connection between writer and reader.
2018 Embassy Theatre, London 2019 Camden People’s Theatre, London
rain begins to fall on a desert. a sheet of ice cracks like thunder, severed, falling into the ocean. bubbles head to the surface, dancing before imploding. a wave beats like a hammer against the side of a cliff.
through personal exploration and movement, w e t seeks to celebrate water; as a material, body, force of nature. embodying the cultural, political, mythological and personal meanings of water, the performance combines devised movement with my sound design, based on found and generated sounds of water.
this performance is a collaboration with Audree Barvé, Byuka Krow, Céleste Combes, Kalina Petrova, and Rachel Elizabeth Coleman.
2018 Rich Mix, London
I begin dressed all in white, with a tub full of red wine, a white towel to stand on and a sponge
i. take all-white clothes off. ii. bathe in red wine iii. put all-white clothes back on, allowing them to stain the fabric
In the Waters of River Möbius delves into the theme of addiction. Envisioning the state of dependence as an invisible river in the shape of a Möbius strip, a hyperobject that flows around us constantly, luring bodies for a sip to trap them in its endlessly circulating current.
This is what the addiction I witness around me and within me feels like. Something ever-present and easy to dip your toes into, but almost impossible to get out of once you get caught. i wanted to connect this vision with the action of staining as a mark of shame, in other words, airing my ‘dirty laundry’ in public.
By externalising and giving shape to the state of dependance, I wanted to move away from thinking of addiction as a personal shortcoming, but as a socially constructed set of circumstances that permeates us all.