Performance in London for TTIP protest organised by the World Development Movement. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a ‘free trade deal secretly being pushed through by the US, UK and EU that would further threaten our basic democratic rights- giving more power to corporations and endangering the environment. For more info see link; http://www.wdm.org.uk/trade-campaign/transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-ttip
2011. Inspired by the ‘Sleeping Venus’ by Georgione, I wanted to create an image that questioned our relationship to the earth, the female, herstory and narrative constructions- the wastelands of society, the wastelands of the body. The after party. Decadence and the disposable.
Made at the times of the UK’s national elections in 2010, this piece poked fun at the 3 major political parties, represented here by liquid food colouring in 3 cups, and the media’s coverage. Using the format of musical chairs, I performed to a soundtrack controlled by a fellow collaborator meaning I had little control of how the performance would affect my actions. A humorous and messy performance!
A performance at the Arnolfini, Bristol for Platform event 2012.
The performance saw my live body interacting with a pre-recorded film (filmed by Chris Lucas) whereby dressed head to toe in the financial times, I attempted though movement to communicate with the outside world. The piece explored my relationship to the current socio-political status and how I was struggling to live in a monetarily demanding system. The threat of homelessness and the desire for connection to the earth outside of a coded consumer society drove the motivation for this performance which saw me rip open my chest to a cascading fall of soil on to the stage.
A development on my earlier work, this photo series explored the exploitation of the female form for capital profit. Gender, violence and popular culture.
Gender queer performance art.
A performance for ‘Queer Fest’ at ZAD, France. Interrogating gender roles, I adopted 2 hyper binary personas and observed the reactions around me. The performance culminated in a drag act that saw the seemingly convincing Max sing in a tribute band to the Backstreet boys with the song, ‘I want it that way.’
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Inspired by the conceptualisation of ‘freedom’ as an intangible ideology, this performance questions the commodification and societal constructs of ‘freedom’ and the female body.