Solo for a Body

I roll backwards slowly and constantly throughout the piece, interrupted by a series of actions that suggest desire, power and failure. These include: posing in front of a theatre lamp; banging my head into the wall; falling into a leg split. The rolling continues in between each and I eventually roll out of my clothes to full nudity. I activate further poses including inverted crucifix; rolled into a ball; archetypical female muse; walking on tip toes. These poses invite failure, collapse, exhaustion and my skin visibly reddens under the exertion. I aim to disrupt a smooth reading of the (young, white, able and cisgendered) female body on display, allowing the organic immediacy of the body to slip through its contrived images.

Laurie Grove Studios, 20.7.18