Embodied Catharsis

Embodied Catharsis:

A love child of abstract expressionism and performance art.

 

Embodied:

Be an expression of or give a tangible or visible form to an idea, quality, or feeling.

 

Catharsis:

The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.

 

I love painting, far more than any painting.

Physical actions, instinctual, automated movements of my body, express both conscious and subconscious emotions.

Performance is used to communicate the sensual, cathartic sensation of the action. Paint in conjunction with specific equipment, is utilised to accentuate and record my movements. Paint, whilst being part of the action, becomes evidence of the action. Aerosols record depth of movement in relation to a surface within a three dimensional space. Furthermore the process of releasing stored energy runs parallel to the motivations behind the action.

I possess a burning desire for physical exertion. Arriving at a state of exhaustion, I am frustrated, flooded with a longing for more. Soon, this is washed away by wave of contentment, I find myself pleasurably drowning in the depths of tranquillity.

My actions are simultaneously autonomous and calculated. I am conscious that I am going to exert myself through physical movements; that these movements will be accentuated by a material and effect the materials around me. Although, the outcome of this encounter is unknown. I know what I am going to do, yet not what it will look like.

Photography captures the evidence of the performance’s presence. The images bear the weight of my actions and environment they took place in. A still, calculated composition, capturing the remanence of an action, which in its essence was not calculated at all. Beyond representation, the emotive quality of the form is produced through the process of its creation.

The images are the petrichor of my actions.