Performance in installation empty stockings: full of love
Production stills: Jennifer Leahy, silversalt photography
I perform as a mummified voodoo doll, encased in an Egyptian mummy display cabinet, waiting to be alive. This ritualised performance is made up of a combination of primitive rituals of other traditions combined with contemporary performance. I lie still, encased in a calico shell-like outfit. I am released from the pins and shell, unravelled from the torn rags. I come to life and am carried to the nest to interact with Mothercrow.
The work comes to life when I am released from the mummified form and unravelled to the nest where I find myself interacting with the effigy. Ritualised actions take place; the idea is to embody the artwork, to unravel merged traditions celebrating life and death.
Sitting with Mothercrow. A meditation takes place, a conversation and a song. I point to the facial features as they are sung in French. Skeletons no longer live in the cupboard, secrets unveiled. I then fall asleep waiting for a dream. A broom is left in the doorway to invite communication with the spirits.
Lie still in mummified state
Removal of pins
Opening of the shell
Unravelling of the rags
Wake up – open eyes
Carried to the nest
Interactions with the effigy
Sitting with Mothercrow
Unveiling of the phallus
Asleep waiting for a dream
One-hour meditation sitting in the nest