This series of works concerned with impermanence evolved from the two month project in Villa Torlonia, Encounters. The Cube project crystallised direction and led to the making of I am more or less fine and Pieces for Destruction. These works are a metaphor for our lives embodied as objects and as performance, addressing aspects of labour, excess, waste and destruction.
Pieces for Destruction
Pieces for Destruction is a video and live performance work addressing questions of excess, waste and labour as well as the ephemeral nature of performance and it exists as a metaphor of our lives.
The performance spills from indoors to outdoors making passing people and vehicles participants in the work. Pieces are placed and replaced where they may have fallen or been destroyed in other ways. The act of placing the ceramic pieces is performed with gentle attention knowing they will be destroyed almost instantly when accidentally touched at times unaware and at times surprised by the consequences of ordinary actions.
I am more or less fine
The ceramic pieces are containers into which to pour our hopes and fears. The outer surfaces with a limited number of words written or scratched into, offer a provocation towards what is essential. Each container is an offering towards a way of 'holding it together'.
The attention necessary to select no more than 6 words to say what you need, is expressed in the slow destructive dissolving of the containers as they fail to hold water. Each container is wrapped as a present, a gift, a thought. Wrapped also, in an act of 'holding it together.'
The Cube Project
Instability, fragility and imperfection.