Lamentation

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Lamentation, 2001

Dressing in my sculptures brought me to the natural consequence of performance. Through the use of my voice, which I’ve been developing through classical training, my pieces are coming to life like never before.The unexpected nature of live performance, an event which can never be identically recreated, facilitates a magically open dialogue with a minimum amount of preconceptions between the viewer and the performer.

Fabric, chrome plated steel, goat fur, CD-player, speakers.
2 x 5.7 x 8ft


Lamentation Photograph, 2005

Photographed in collaboration with David Byun
C-Print mounted under plexi-glass. 20 x 30″ Edition of 5

Lamentation performance Video, 2001
Filmed on Sept. 19th at Cynthia Broan Gallery the night before the first performance. This performance happened very coincidentally right after the tragedy of Sept. 11th in New York.

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Lamentation, 2001

In Lamentation each element was carefully chosen to illustrate the completely hopeless situation of the wearer. The hyperextended fleshy breast-outgrowths which are protruding from the chest opening of the padded Humpty Dumpty jump suit, symbolize the wearer’s outflow of energy and creativity. This is the nourishment for the absurd chrome-fur machine, which the protagonist is laboriously dragging behind herself. Through this feeding process she is being sucked completely dry. Her gigantic breasts, utterly exposed to the extent of even lacking skin, underline her complete vulnerability and hypersensitivity, and stand in striking contrast to the quaint flower pattern of her cozy garment and slippers.

Lamentation Photograph, 2005

Photographed in collaboration with David Byun
C-Print mounted under plexi-glass. 20 x 30″ Edition of 5

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Lamentation, 2001
During the performance she is singing an improvised operatic vocalize, which sounds like a mixture of laughing and crying.
Photographed in collaboration with David Byun

Lamentation-detail

Lamentation, 2001

The shiny structure with the legless and headless creature strapped up in its center is a symbol for society. The leech she is dragging along on the leach is her companion, her pet who passively tags along.
Photographed in collaboration with David Byun

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Lamentation, 2001

Lamentation is a funeral march I organized for myself at a time when my life was caught in a downward spiral. Through the performance I tried to define a low point, a place of arrival. This, I hoped, would slow down the downward current and perhaps facilitate a change of the situation. Lamentation is a celebration, an acknowledgement and burial of the struggle – a burial to enable new growth from the nourishing grave site.

Materials: Fabric, chrome plated steel, goat fur, CD-player, speakers. 2 x 5.7 x 8ft.
Photographed in collaboration with David Byun

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Lamentation, 2001
Materials: Fabric, chrome plated steel, goat fur, CD-player, speakers. 2 x 5.7 x 8ft.

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Lamentation performance, 2007
Looptopia festival, Chicago Cultural Institute, Chicago, IL, USA

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Lamentation was a very ambitious project for me at the time! Here I am trying on the lining.

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Finished lining.

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Suit finished.

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Sketching out the long tentacles.

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Walking breasts!!

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Trying how to walk with them…

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This is the meat fabric! I scanned bacon and had it printed onto fabric.