I am pleased to feature the work of UK based performance artist, Poppy Jackson. Jackson presents actionist based performance works that explore the autocratic female body. Her paintings and live performances apply a grunge aesthetic to the Western iconographic tradition, using a methodology of violence as creative and transformational catalyst. Her practice spans drawing, printmaking, painting, performance and video. Jackson's ongoing collaboration with Nina Arsenault aims to 'explode gender through mind, body and spirit'. Her current research considers the menstruating body as inherently "performic".
I was led to Jackson's work through fellow performance artist, Benjamin Sebastian. Both Sebastian and Jackson are an essential part of ]performance space[, a non-profit organization devoted to the cultivation and promotion of performance art. I asked Jackson to consider the initial lure of performance art and name influential artists.
Here was her response:
QUINN DUKES: What led you to performance art?
POPPY JACKSON: My body
QD: Are there performance artists working today that influence your practice?
PH: Sinead O'Donnell, Hugh O'Donnell, Rocio Boliver, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Bean, ( ]performance space[ founder), Alastair MacLennan, Victoria Gray, Kira O'Reilly, Mark Greenwood, Julia Bardsley, Lynn Lu, Benjamin Sebastian, Anne Bean.
SELECTED WORKS FROM POPPY JACKSON
All images are courtesy of the artist.
One of the largest and most comprehensive performance art events in the world begins this Saturday, December 13th. The Venice International Performance Art Week website is a wonderful resource to connect with performance artists working today. If you are in Venice next week, this is a must! www.veniceperformanceart.org
The project consists of a vibrant program of live performances, installations, photographic and video documentation, conferences, daily round tables talks, a Study Room, a Movie Room and meetings with the participating artists, researchers and curators.
For the second edition with the focus “Ritual Body - Political Body” the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK 2014 aims to investigate a wide range of concepts such as: art as a space for civil negotiation where human ethical values are the core; interconnectivity; political confrontation; utopia; ecological issues; social and individual conflicts and responsibilities, and how the self relates to them, at the same time concentrating on the fact that the presence of the human beings in this world is always more than a temporary condition.
The communication that can be triggered between artists and the audience is an essential element. The topics addressed during the week will relate to the need to look at social relations and the lives of individuals with greater care.
Due to the specificity of the theme of this second edition “Ritual Body - Political Body”, the live performances and works on display will also seek to provide reflection and further considerations on how to find meaningful mechanisms to foster positive change through contemporary art and culture in a clearly vital way.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK wishes to enrich the highly renowned art scene in Venice with the audacious art form of performance art.
Curated by VestAndPage and organized in collaboration with Studio Contemporaneo, Venice Open Gates, Weexhibit and Global Art Affairs Foundation, which hosts the event in its prestigious premises at Palazzo Mora on Strada Nova.
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