PARADISIAC (A change of skin)
Through a series of private performances or actions over many months, I process natural into ‘other’. Bubblegum, with its skin-like quality in the chance bubbles that burst, speaks of childhood ritual and the body. We are such a construct of sophistication, so good at concealing the natural body that it is a political act to use sticky, messy, pink bubblegum. The work is body canvas, through a quiet visceral transformation, it challenges and poses questions around beauty and the importance placed on façades.
At its basic level Paradisiac, for me, raises issues around acceptance of difference. The fragility of the gum creates an intimacy between the skin and artificial layer that covers it, altering the identity of the wearer; race, class, age, gender or profession are secondary.
Paradisiac, 8 selects, documentation of action. Digital print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, edition of 3 plus artists proof. Dimensions 58 cm x 38 cm.Paradisiac, documentation of action with residue. Digital print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, edition of 3 plus artists proof. Dimensions 96 cm x 30 cm.
PARADISIAC definition: ‘Ideal beauty or loveliness’ ‘of, like, or fit for paradise’ ‘Of or like Paradise; heavenly, delightful.’
Paradisiac at ‘Zink’, an inner city farm, Cape Town. Project initiated and hosted by John Nankin (2011)
Paradisiac at ‘No Government, No Cry’, Belgium, 2011