My current work investigates the ideas of Jean-Paul Sartre, a French philosopher and key figure in the philosophy of existentialism; finding particular interest in his novel ‘Nausea’. In ‘Nausea’, Sartre explores the theories of existential angst – the main character shares his disgust towards existence, self-hatred and near-insanity; searching anxiously for meaning in all the things that had filled and fulfilled his life up to that point. The character comes to a revelation into the nature of his being when he faces the troublesomely provisional and limited nature of existence itself.
This investigation has lead me to devise a performance art piece using costume, digital projection, movement, sound and video titled ‘Repugnance’.
Artist Statement for ‘Repugnance’:
Wearing clothing that envelopes the body, transforming it into something heavy, strange and obscured, the artist moves in front of a projected video of familiar landscapes. As the landscape and the physical form begin to intermix, the boundaries between the physical being and the space it inhabits become blurred. Through the utilisation of light, sound and movement, a process of understanding and translation takes place. Repeated gestures become an organized system of communication; yet the performance hangs between order and chaos, existence and nothingness. Over a period of physical and mental endurance, the repetitive actions create a delimited space for the expression of thoughts and emotions.
‘Repugnance’ is still in its early stages of creation and currently I am collaborating with two textile artists, Geraldine Chenery and Nadia Kelly to produce the costume for this piece.