CUT TO THE MEASURE OF DESIRE 2010-2

Cut to the Measure of Desire is a series of performance installations in which I embody my femininity as a state of perpetual, fallible exhibitionism. Using the language of symbolism in Dutch still life and genre painting I create scenes of excessive sexuality. Like Dutch genre paintings, each gesture and prop is carefully chosen to symbolise promiscuity, commerce and desire.  I pose within the scene, an imperfect being concealed within a 2-dimensional idealised world. My knees become misshaped from kneeling on a concrete floor for prolonged periods of time and I am repulsed when sharing a gallery window with a skinned rabbit as we both sweat in the hot sun. The aim to uphold the illusion of perfection is futile and I suffer in the attempt.

 

Vogelen was performed on the stage of the function room at the Park Conservative Club in Cardiff (2010). The installation and series of tableau vivants were developed with a commissioning grant from Stiwdio Safle and the Arts Council of Wales. Homo bulla was performed at G39 Cardiff (2010).

 

Foolish Passion was performed in the Spinnerei - a textile factory turned into a large gallery complex – and draws on this history to create an installation that alludes to ideas of femininity, domesticity, and labour (2011). Music Party was performed at Ffotogallery, Cardiff (2011) and recreates a Dutch painting of the same name. Performers are: Kathryn Ashill, Richard Huw Morgan, and John Rowley.

 

Short-lived Pleasure was performed at Bloc Art Gallery in Sheffield and the installation remained the centre-piece of a solo exhibition encompassing works from The Substitute, Interloper and experimental still life images (2011). Also performed as part of the solo exhibition Visual Pleasure at Vilniaus Fotografijos Galerija, Lithuania (2012).