As a performance artist, the body becomes a catalyst for altering the social dynamic of a space. Every aspect of my presence is considered important to the ephemeral work, from the posture of my walk, to the details within the vintage clothing (inspired by the drawings of chairs). Whether the audience is inside of a gallery or outside on a sidewalk, my presence silently demands attention through slow and graceful movements. Upon the performances’ completion the physical and social-self (or character) creates a psychological mark within the space and in the audience.
Searching for the figures in art and art history in which I visually relate, I can’t help but feel a longing to belong. According to the Urban Dictionary…Side-eye: A facial expression expressing one’s criticism, disapproval, animosity, or scorn of varying levels of intensity towards another person. Defined by one person looking at the other out of the corner of their eye(s) with a scowl, as their head is turned in a different direction. Often an invitation for a fight or confrontation of some sort. Synonymous expression: “cuttin’ your eyes” (at someone). Popular expression (and common occurrence) among urban American populations.