The work that follows is a new line of research encouraged by the choice of clown white paint and Sir Joshua Reynolds paintings. The inquiry is focused around the ideas of whiteness.
I have started to look at natural white light in relation to pigment white found in paint. In paintings the light is imitated through using white paint. This imitation has fed a history of constructed hierarchy that’s based on the idea of God being ‘pure’ light. The aim is to dismantle and expose the absurdities surrounding ethnicity, god, God, being and objecthood through live work that forces the body’s personified history through intuitive practice/cellular memory, with the objective to lift the veil of ‘perceived’ light and to expose object white as a foreign entity to one’s ‘own’ body.
‘own’, ‘individual’ – In the field of work i hope to also explore ‘ownership’ in relation to cubist theory, Hegel’s ideology of unrepresented forms, spirit and soul and Marcel Mauss ideas surrounding the individual and the clan being inseparable. The individual isn’t one thing, the own is made up of biological/ social/ technological/historical exchanges- make-up-experience and cannot be owned by an arbitrary expression known as myself.
‘self’ – Through performance based work my understanding of ‘self’ is that it’s not one thing. But of fragmented cubist appearance/s, these ‘selves’, appearances/ encounters can be provoked through receptive act and using ‘specific’ materials. Materials that have a need , an urgency to co exist if not immerge with the body and for it’s spirit to be activated through an active dance. Material and immaterial inseparable.
‘I’ is another word for consciousness, it’s not simply a static portrait, but when ‘I’ is written it becomes past tense, as if it can be had like an object. This is why its is so tricky to use ‘I’ when discussing live work, where immaterial/material has gone through a process of transformation. If I is conquered, is ‘I’ still applicable in the eyes of the conquerer? And do we ever truly own our own bodies?
Maybe ownership is relinquished through these acts of surrender.
Blog updated 3rd April 2017