NOTES ON PLAY

I am interested in creating spaces where being and becoming are able to dance together for at least one instant; a medial place, for the play of movement and transformation. My installations act as playgrounds for the acting-out of play. A place where “living paintings/objects” are left to their own devices and are invited to perform with and for the viewer. The gallery space functions as the frame and the container for the potential of such a performance. The objects within it create the visual tensions that insinuate the movements that are needed for the game of play to be enacted. I am more concerned with the act of play, than I am with the rules of the game. A game is played, it is not play. 

Play is non-materialistic, it is an acting out, a movement, a state of mind, a performance in the making. It is as equally physical, as it is mental. The act of play takes place within its own temporality and reality; one that exists outside the ordinary rules of daily life and that is often demarcated by a boundary or a sacred spot; either materially, abstractly and/or ideologically. One always walks in and out of play. And most importantly, one is always transformed by play. Play inscribes itself onto the body by way of sensation, and brings to the surface new resolutions. Moving by way of rhythm, play is transitive, creative, and transformative.

Play is also ritualistic. Performed within the sacred, and often serious; these preformative acts function within a symbolic order that often comes into being through the acting-out of a rite, a myth, a song, and/or through a language, the non-verbal and the iconic. These symbolic gestures are able to put into motion new belief systems that stretch beyond the ordinary, and into the sacred imaginary. They function as acts of meditation for the body and for the spirit, these motions are able to go beyond our logical understanding of reality and into a higher order. These spaces are often liminal, mystical, holy and mysterious.

 

THE BODY

-To begin with the human body – to cover it, to conceal it and to contain it, so as to expose it, reveal it and set it free.-

 

My work begins with the body as a template, an idea and a form of gesture. My drawings derive from a multi-layered process of manipulation and disfigurement. Situated between figuration and abstraction they investigate and question the representation and the potentialities of the shape and form of the human body. I am interested in the outcomes that materialize once the conventional form of the body is collapsed and concealed. I create my own manipulations by deconstructing and fragmenting the familiar within its structure. I cut and rearrange the shapes in order to define its physical limits, and I manipulate and conceal its surface in order to define its space. I am interested in the idea of the body as a fragmented, unstable and fluctuant form. One that is defined as human before gendered, and delineated by boundaries that have the potential to be exposed, imposed upon, and potentially broken.

 

 

 
 

“Spaces where ideas are able to take on form, and where the body is invited to experience thought through the act of play."

 

“Painting a space
Unfolding a stage .”