part of Atlas of Heavens at Kunsthaus Baselland, 2018
curated by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy und Chus Martínez
Music by Maxwell Sterling
Courage, in latin, means to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart, an idea that in practice denotes a transformation from one perspective of reality to another, from the potential to the actual. Our heart holding the potential and our body the actual. The installation establishes a mis-en-scène that becomes activated through a performance where the artist actualizes her potential ‘dreamed self’ through exhibiting courage in the forms of performed surrealistic actions and sung verse. The artist moves across a spectrum of emotional states, from despair to grace as a means to reach awe. The audience enters the performance through the framework of the installation as it hosts a series of staged metaphors that are used for her ‘actualization.’ Central to the mis-en-scène is a totemic floating diamond shaped frame, the diamond representing a single tear of joy from the gods, is doused with pigmented black and gold resin, and encases a canvas on each side. The paintings depict spiraling voids, creating a double vortex that symbolizes a black hole. The front canvas depicts the archetype of pegasus which is then activated, physically with light being shined on it, by a player in the performance. The props used for the performance are held in ceramic talismans that rest on pools of resin on the floor. The dramatic composition of objects within the space invites the audience to slip into the poetics of the artist’s arena of action for a transpersonal experience. Transpersonal in the sense that its aim is to dissolve the limits of ego consciousness, and affirm the power of actions from an inner source.