it's all in the mind
24 hour performance
The work I was doing for the 24 hour installation was called All In The Mind. It was part of a body of research that explores women's work and the intangible qualities of creativity. In this piece I examined the motions of sewing and mending with different end outcomes. Over a 24 hour period I altered or mended one garment given to me for this express purpose and upon finishing this work I created, using the same procedures, part of a piece of art work. The concept behind this was an exploration of the relationship between sewing and mending – traditional ways for women to make an income and strive for some kind of financial independence and the work of an artist also searching for ways to support their practice, often through low end jobs. While this is often viewed as a negative struggle I look at the possibility these low end jobs might provide an artistic freedom whereby there is no accountability for what is made no matter how incongruous with the art market or gallery viewpoint and that the transition between a skill technique and art takes place within.