The psychological shields behind which we hide to make life feel safer and to feel less vulnerable are mechanisms we find in all aspects of society. For an artist who likes to create my work in the privacy of my studio "Happy Death" was a true challenge and an opportunity to test new waters. Through this three part art piece in which sculpture, performance and the unpredictable work of soliciting in the streets are combined, I experienced new possibilities of creating. Creating a piece of art entirely dependent on the help of random people I meet in the streets and seeing where the exchanges take me to was a life changing experience! As it is a bit frightening to embark on such a project, I learned that relinquishing control and abandoning my preconceptions about people was the key to success. Letting oneself fall into this unknown space feels a bit like a little death. Abandoning a set self image to make space for getting reacquainted with the world around us and also parts of ourselves we didn't know feels liberating!
In the performance part of "Happy Death" I am demonstrating the transformation and liberation of an individual who is helplessly lost in the craziness of her tirelessly blabbering head. As she accidentally knocks over a bell during her wild ranting, she awakes and realizes her delusions. This is the moment of a happy death for her, as she lets go of her inner voices and wakes up to the spontaneous experience of the undefined fresh moment of being alive.