Performance art is a relatively new and explorative form of art; it allows the artist to engage with their work and the audience at an extremely intimate and emotional level. The emotion within the work is raw and real, an intimacy that cannot be found within painting or sculpture. All my performances are performed in front of a live audience and look to create a relationship and dialogue through feeling and emotion.
My practice looks to challenge and elevate this, using the social exchange between an artist and the audience. Developing an intimate relationship between performance, self-reflection and raw honesty within my practice. Defining myself through a series of ‘tests’ that challenge physically, mentally or spontaneously in an attempt to understand me at the next level of consciousness. This takes the form of physical endurance, mental endurance, frank conversation, and open self-reflection. These ‘tests’ present my intimate and personal findings, which are shown in the form of a publication or diary that accompany the documentation of the performance. They have developed into a series of works that define the artist, define the artwork and define me.
“To be a performance artist, you have to hate theatre. Theatre is fake... The knife is not real, the blood is not real, and the emotions are not real. Performance is just the opposite: the knife is real, the blood is real, and the emotions are real.” - Marina Abramovic