Sat 9 May 2015
This is the first time Hairography has been shown in Glasgow – what can we expect, and what was the genesis of the piece?
Yes this is the first time I’ve performed in Scotland. And what a time to be performing. I feel like a cultural refugee from England, can I seek asylum from the regime south of the border please? Hairography is a series of works that plays on the ridiculous marketing of hair as a cultural commodity. The performance is very playful and silly in its referencing of sexy hair, wind machines and the associated glamour. the starting point for me was looking at hair advertising and the associated language and gestures.
Your work is intimately concerned with physicality and movement – when did you realise that your body could become a sort of canvas or locus for your artworks, and how did you begin to develop that approach?
Great question. I basically started at art school and I used my body because it was cheap and available. That aside I think it’s important for me to experience the work physically. It’s a very important way for me to explore.
One theme of Behaviour Festival this year is ‘Futures’ – what does your work have to say about our cultural, social or political future?
Gosh, I’m not really into making claims for the work. It can set up unnecessary expectations. However, I’m always interested in identity and how our sense of self is shaped by inscribed history and experience.
Have you encountered any of your fellow performers at Dark Behaviour before? Who are you looking forward to seeing and why?
Yes, I’ve had a few encounters with fellow performers. It’s a great line up of performers. David Hoyle will be amazing, I love Owen G Parry too. But special attention has to be paid the Katy Baird!!
Another of your recent works, Covers, saw you recreating several famous album covers, including our personal favourite, the Grace Jones pose from Arabesque. Is this a project that will continue, and if so, what other famous covers have you got your eye on?
Yes, the Covers project is ongoing. In fact I’m performing the piece live in Birmingham at the MAC hexagon space on 22nd May. Some of the new covers are of lesser known music figures like soul diva Marlena Shaw. I try not to pick images that are too obvious and well known. I’m always looking for more, suggestions welcome.