Here's the result of a performance I've been mulling over for a long time (too long, really; I won't admit how long). I was at last prompted to execute it in response to an invitation to participate in a group show, The Fourth Wall (conceived and curated by Helen Braund), at Australian National University in Canberra in July.
cocoon (mark 1) from wood on Vimeo.
Participants were asked to create pieces that examine performance and performative actions and how they translate into
photography and video, where “the
body features as a performative tool, with the camera as the observer," and "the image becomes the fourth wall, the mediation between the
spectator and the performer.” This is the first time I've presented documentation of performance as a work in and of itself, not simply as reference material for a painting...though in the long run, it will certainly fulfill that function, too.