Fine Art Year Three

Mask Performance by Amy Frost

Today I did a test performance piece at Sion Hill campus in the reception area. I took the idea of using a mask after reading Yoko Ono’s book which gave instructions for a mask performance piece, in which the audience adds the wrinkles and features etc.

However I wanted to relate this idea more towards my project and interests, and so I decided to ask the audience to write about their insecurities.

I started sat at Sion Hill reception, wearing a mask and tying a piece of latex around me like a skin cloak. Next to me was a sign encouraging the audience to interact. Standing next to me, was Zachary, the photographer/encourager. Whenever a person approached nearby Zachary would ask them if they could spare a minute to take part in a performance, whilst I sat silent, looking at my possible audience member.

The majority of the time, people would say no to Zachary, seemingly scared by my appearance. However, some people stopped and participated. Zachary would instruct “Please write any insecurities you have, either on the face or the latex skin”. Nearly every person who participated, would stop still and say they have to think and then they would write. One person however, didn’t need to think and wrote “I have no insecurities”. Some people said that they don’t like to think about their insecurities and this is why they had to think. Some people said they felt uncomfortable talking about it.

I gave people to choice to choose between the mask and the latex skin, to see which they would feel more comfortable touching, this was partly for reference for later performances, and partly to see which area they identify with this theme. The majority of people chose to write on the mask. When faced with the latex skin, it was apparent the back was preferred, it was almost like they didn’t want to face the real me.

This piece took place on a Friday Afternoon, which I mistakingly chose. It turned out Fridays are the quietest days at university, and so I didn’t have as many participants as I would have liked. However, this is a reminder to see timing as an important aspect of performance or an exhibition, something which I actually tell my curator friend a lot (I should listen to my own advice).

Overall this piece, explored confrontation and making the audience uncomfortable. It made the audience confront their own fears, whilst also mine. And explores the idea that props can be documentation. These props now tell a story of a performance.

Video Ideas. No1 Washing. by Amy Frost

Record the process of washing hair.

Film a standard shot of Landscape view of the bath with the 2 people inside.

Start the video people already in the bath, and have the woman (myself) looking down, whilst the man (Sam) puts the hair bucket under the water and starts to wet her hair. Emphasis on the sound of this!

The man washes the woman’s hair and puts shampoo and conditioner in and washes both out.

Noise: The woman reading the PIP assessment out, layered over the video.

Emphasis on the man behind the woman, washing her hair.

This video is a representation of anxiety and depression, it is not all just feeling and looking sad. Sometimes my boyfriend needs to help me wash myself, because I will go days without washing as I find it exhausting. Sometimes my anxiety gets so much I can barely lift my arms without my chest hurting, and so I literally need help to wash my hair.

This video will show the reality of living with an invisible illness, and is almost an FU to the Personal Independence Payment company, who said as part of their assessment of me, that I am fine with daily living and therefore receive no funding. Like many other people who have been turned down by the system I am angry and this video is to acknowledge that and hopefully get a response.

Possible Painting Sketch... by Amy Frost

I have noticed that when I sketch, I am developing a style in the way I sketch the figures eyes and mouth. They are quite abstract, and intense. Perhaps this is because I draw off my imagination not a picture, and so I guess you get used to drawing a certain way.

I feel I am moving away from painting, and so I hope to do at least a few this year in an abstract style, to improve my skills. I also feel like painting relaxes me.

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Abstract Landscapes by Amy Frost

This year I am wanting to focus on what is most important to me. I sat down and tried to think of what that is. I realised memory is important, and the expressionist value of choosing to express your emotions rather than reality. As I am going to America, I want to push myself to explore landscapes. So I decided to imagine what it will be like and use colours and technique to represent my imagination, memory and feelings.

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