Amber Hawk Swanson received early press for her "Amber Doll Project" (2008). The project involved her commissioning the production of a life-like sex doll, a RealDoll, made of a PVC skeleton and silicone flesh, in her exact likeness. The first article to profile the "Amber Doll Project" received a great number of anonymous online comments and was posted on a number of blogs where the amount of comments grew. Her two and a half hour performance, "Online Comments (August 2007 - October 2011)", features Hawk Swanson reading every comment still online as of August 2011. Misspellings, typos, grammatical errors, duplications etc. were retained from the originals.
Hawk Swanson's live corresponding live performance, Online Comments (August 2007 - February 2011) featured the artist reading every comment still online as of February 2011 while completing four workouts inspired by fitness methodology and cult-like online community, CrossFit, of which Hawk Swanson is a part. Online Comments (August 2007 - February 2011) bridges the artist's Amber Doll Project to her series, Fit, a series of durational performative videos.
Along with her her communities at CrossFit South Brooklyn, and Windy City CrossFit the artist enjoys combining powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics along with functional fitness activities. Her interest in CrossFit, along with the long list of the functional fitness tasks her grandfather assigned her father at a young age, has led her to assigning herself the weekly digging of chest-deep holes for time as well in addition to other functional fitness tasks met with the related structure of endurance performance art.
Full three hour version here: vimeo.com/38662094