Sit!

January 11-14, 2017

I paired with writer Emma Size to create a piece of work, after being chosen for the inaugural STACKS Projects ‘Performance Art’ event weeks. Described as a “unique endurance performance and an exercise in feminist minimalism that contemplates the feminised act of sitting”, Emma and I worked closely to research, develop and execute this work in preparation for the full week of gallery dwelling. Though we developed the concept and performance layout together, we both brought our own practices / backgrounds to the work, as I performed/embodied the space and Emma developed an accompanying paratext to be read in situ.

Client: Two nice girls making art together
Role: Performer
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The Details

Grace Partridge and antinonfuture are two nice girls making art together. 

Sit! Is an exercise in restraint and minimalism – in form, in content, and in the relationship between form and content. Through crystallising the thesis of a catalogue essay into a single sentence, a simple sequence of words transforms from a link in a chain into an atomic statement of meaning. This condensing and collapsing of ideas into a single statement is supported by the collapse of the distinction between art practice and art writing, as secondary and primary critical practice folds into one another.

Each day, Grace’s body will sit for eight hours in total stillness – in a shop front window for the general public to walk past. Her ekphrastic positioning will ask you to question historical and representational narratives of labour, rest, royalty, stillness, inactivity, leisure and their relationships to the feminine. Over four days, antinonfuture’s carefully designed and curated bean bag will sit in the space, asking you to question the social, cultural, political and historical rules, regulations and implications of sitting.

Together, Grace’s body and antinonfuture’s beanbag will be positioned in dialogue with one another – each complicated by the adornment of a single sentence on their person. Experimenting with the simple gesture of sitting and the simple gesture of a single sentence is an experiment for two nice girls making art together in feminist minimalism, and is also reflective of their hope to both create and allow room for deeper reflection and conversation around such feminine tropes.

Images by: Joanna-Marie Davey

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