Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wash That Man Right Out of my Hair

I performed at Southmore House's "White Noise" at a local laundromat. 
I played a cover I made of "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of my Hair" while rubbing creamy white conditioner all over my hair and body and then placing my head inside the washing machine. 

This is a performance about the way we talk about the people we love. 
This is a performance about how women talk about men.
This is how a woman gives a blow job.
This is a performance about how sick an old joke makes me feel.
This is a performance about desperation and inability.

Of course, inspired by the classic: 

First photo by Baltazar Canales, Second photo by Hilary Scullane

Apparition in Chicago

I performed 'Apparition' in Chicago as a part of Defibrillator's Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival. I "appeared" beneath the bridge where Mary has been seen in the water markings on the wall of the underpass. Many cars drove beneath the bridge and there were quite a few double takes. Here is what I wrote about the experience:

I sat under the bridge, where so many people believed that Mary appeared to them.

If Mary was not on that wall before, she exists under that bridge now. The beliefs, the worship, the faith of so many honoring The Virgin Mother in that place, has strengthened the spirit of the divine feminine.

I stood there, and breathed her in. The woman who, in the stories, appeared sinful, fallen, used up, wrong to those around her, when in fact she was holding God in her body.

Cars drove by, and people did double takes, some straining to see if their eyes were playing tricks on them, some not even looking.

I stood there and thought about the way Mary always seems to be confidently shining, radiant, so gracefully sure of the divinity that she envelopes. No shame, no doubt, no apologies, just being, just shining.

After meditating for awhile, I opened my eyes to a car who decided to drive around in order to be directly in front of me. The whole family was smiling at me, and I smiled at them, feeling as if I was shining.

As I was driving away I saw another car stop, An old lady was led to the wall, to touch it, and receive healing. I was almost dizzy with the feeling that if I ran back to her and touched her eyes, she would be healed. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

You, Thinking. At Lone Star Explosion.

photo by Alex Barber
Photo by Rico Svaughn

I had an amazing time performing at Houston's first International Performance Art Festival. Much thanks to Kelly Alison and all of the wonderful crew and artists that made the experience so crazy great.

I performed a transformation, stepping out of one thought process into another, about being self conscious and then being a different kind of self conscious, and then being a new self conscious altogether.

photo by Alex Barber

video by Jonathan Jindra

Dead Girls

Photo by Jonatan Lopez

photo by Alex Barber

Dead Girls by Julia Wallace
performed by Julia and Sway
during the madness at Notsuoh during Lone Star Performance Explosion
A performance about the parts of myself I murdered and hid in my attic throughout my youth. Heinous acts of self preservation.

Thank you so much, Sway!

Tangled at Kali

In collaboration with my partner, John.
A piece about the strange beauty of unraveling and getting all tangled up.
This piece was a part of Kali by Continuum at the Orange Show.

In addition to this performance, I created a participatory self guided adventure for couples.
By following a red string and following the instructions found along the way, participants experienced a relationship altering experience. This performance was about the arc of love affairs.

Photos by Herb
Video by Binarium Productions

Friday, January 13, 2012

I wanted to see what it would feel like to be flying over the ocean.
It made my arms feel tired.

"Creative Visualization" performed at Continuum's beach retreat, "Beach Fuck It Bingo."
Photo by Jonatan Lopez
Facilitated by Continuum