My performances and installation go hand in hand. I see the smaller artworks I make such as sculpture and embroidery as props for my installations. Childhood is a major theme running through my work. For me, childhood represents a huge range of abstract emotions and values. I dressed as a young girl playing ‘dress up’. In a synthetic home environment, this was one of the first times I
juxtaposed setting a scene alongside performing. There is something incredibly uncomfortable about seeing a grown adult trying to re-live their youth, an element of the pathetic perhaps. But in my view it is what we are all trying to do, that is why nostalgia is such a powerful catalyst.
I continued to further my exploration of this character at an exhibition in London, where I installed an entire room, and used myself as a human prop. The audience was allowed to move freely within the space, but I fully ignored their presence. I was way too preoccupied with my very important emroidery.
Since than I have organised a few small events that incorporate art, music and cake. One such event (Andmoreagain) took place in Cafe Crema, New Cross, London. My colleague and I set up a night of tea, cake, music, poetry and art. I dressed up and served the guests tea and cake while they listened to the set and enjoyed the ambient atomsphere that had been created.
Another such show was as the NO:ID gallery in Shoreditch, London. Where my colleague and I exhibited both lone and collaborative work. We had a cake stand and tombola, in keeping with our traditional, fun, quirky style. In the evening there was live music in one room whilst my colleague and I did a live sculptural performance in honour of one of our favourite childhood T.V programmes ‘itsa bitsa’.