Her Need to Amplify

Solo performance, July 2019

What does it mean to reach further than my physical body allows – as an artist, as a woman, as a human, as a soul? Touching on themes of production, gender, augmentation and self-image, this entanglement of inadequacy and ambition is embodied through a drawing performance of 90 minutes.

In 2017 I embarked on the Creative Practice MFA programme at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Deptford, South London. Her need to amplify was my MFA showcase, staged on July 25th 2019, examining the psychology of self-limiting beliefs through movement and mark-making.

The work was an exploration through drawing, focused on the fear and vulnerability of reaching beyond my physical boundaries. I used a system I designed of connecting sticks, with charcoal in the ends. I built them up gradually, with audience participation, to create a complex structure around myself, which both extended my reach and encaged my body.

I graduated from this MFA with distinction in November 2019.

Images from the performance taken by Enrico Policardo and James Keats