Pendulum I

Pendulum

I remember the feeling of running, swinging, hurling myself off the climbing frame into the void, clinging onto the knot on the rope-swing. At the top of the spin, through the arc, I feel exhilaration and terror. I can fly, held by thread, a spinning pendulum.

Do pendulums still behave in the new normal? Is the earth still spinning on the same axis right now? 

It has been a year of watching pendulums swinging, recording facts we never wanted to know…how many people have died; how much longer is quarantine; how soon will we get a vaccine….?

I let go of the knot to avoid crashing into the tree from which the rope is suspended. 

Brace! Brace!

Pendulum I (2020)

Pendulum I

In the cosmos

I’ve been making a series originally sparked by the visual of flying like a bat…. could I make sense of navigation through echolocating…. Its some of what I have been working on this year, part of my ongoing investigation of how I think about being tethered to, or severed from the narrative.

It is, of course, about more than bats. There is a strangeness to working on tiny dots perforating the body during a global pandemic. What gets in and out of the body has revealed a meaning to everyone in a specific way – one that heightened our fear of touch, breath and space. Here’s ‘MY’ bit of space. Here’s ‘MY’ breath. The psychological ramifications of this are broad, but as we are still ‘in’ it, we can’t even begin to conceptualise it.

I have a huge interest in the use of the phrase “Porous Body” – it comes from early medical thinking stretching back through Galen. The two-way transmission, what comes out and what gets into the body, through the skin, resonates at higher or lower frequencies depending on our relationship to illness and how we treat the body which is sick.

When I puncture the surface of the photograph, it’s about the puncturing of the skin, the membrane that separates bodies and space, bodies and bodies. The slippery-ness of the photograph, and all that it stands for, is circumnavigated with my needle.

For me, this is praxis.

In the cosmos (III)
In the cosmos

Funny Fannies

Flesh

Fear of flesh

Fear of female flesh

Fear of fantasising about female flesh

Framing fantasies fantasising about female flesh 

Focussing fantasies fantasising about female flesh frameworks

Focussing on fucking Freud: does he fantasise about female flesh?

Fantasising about Foucault and Freud is forbidden!

Father father! I have no issue with my father!

Funny fannies are frightening

Funny fanny fiddle

Funny fanny

Flesh

Funny Fannies