Work in progress. Warning - graphic imagery of piercing performance.
The artist is connected to playable amplified strings through flesh hooks inserted into her chest. As the installation progresses, she invites viewers to participate in the artwork, each encounter specific to the energy of the interaction, whether playful, nurturing, challenging, humorous, or sexually charged. Each encounter is unique and becomes part of the fabric of an ever-changing piece of music and artwork which naturally evolves and flows, ebbs and peaks, connecting each participant to the artist (both figuratively and literally) and to each other, and challenging the notion of the artist/audience relationship. In inviting the audience to become part of the performance, a sensual participatory experience ensues and a series of deeply intimate moments is created. Through the audience's participation, the audience becomes the art, with the artist reliant on their energy to bring the work to life.
Lydia Darling is an emergent artist with a background in philosophy and performing arts. Her work pursues the sublime, transcendent experience and seeks to tap into the unexpected beauty and wonder which lies behind the frightening, the visceral and the grotesque.
This piece is first in a series of work inspired by female saints who are said to have experienced religious ecstasies through mortification of the flesh.