I have been approached by a fellow artist to take part in an improvised drawing performance. As it seemed as far from my usual presentation mode as possible, I have said yes. The performance was part of a two weeks exhibition under the name : Lost & Found, with a performance and a video event taking place during the show.
Rachelle Allen-Sherwood, a Japanese-British artist whose practice involves movement and space, explored via Chinese brushes, ink and paint. She has experience in improvisational works as she works with dancers and musicians frequently.
We decided to both write a lose poem in the dadaist tradition, of found text and cut-ups. While one of us recited, the other replied via mark making in a quite eclectic fashion using the rhythm of the poem as lead.. That as much as the pre-ordered nature of the work went. Neither of us new the other’s text, and we did not rehearse the happening.
The experience deemed terrifying and freeing at the same time, it thought me to use the energy provided by fear and to let go of control.
I have used my research area of human-animal relations to construct the poem, with animal related sayings as its base:
A fish out water asthmatic sheep
hung like a horse
But bacon!!!!! Hmmmmm I just couldn’t ha ha ha ha ha
Tasty bits of all that is hmmmm you sweet sweet bread
Breast or thighs? Im a breast man oooh matron hahahahha
Fruit of my loin, my darling puppy chow
In china you know what they do in china barbarians foreign muck!! I would never
What if your life depended on it?
A fish out of water in a
Tradition of a thousand years
Its always been like that
natural natural NATURAAAAAAL is best
A fly in the ointment makes the world go round you
In the right pecking order bock bock bock
K9s, K9s, K9s
Oh one of thoooooose
One swallow doesn’t make a summer!
Well I do my best
All you can do is try
Bird brain over the cuckoo’s nest of vipers
But im happy as a pig in mud
Abattoir farm idyllic village life oh the harmony!!!
Back to the roots
Teach new tricks babe
that will do pig
that will do
Oink oink oink aaaaaaaaaoow so cute
Alligator purse snake shoes why not mooooo live a little
a bicycle a donkey horse cart
but your health your health your health stupid cow
As bald as a coot down there pussy cat meooooooow
As busy as a bee..aaah squash it !!! ahhhhh im scared they here to get me us us against them
As cute as a bug’s ear pests. Love dove
Peace rats with feathers
SOO dirty shits everywhere everybody poops
As fit as a butcher’s dog’s sophisticated palate of thrills
As happy as a clam your clam smells fishy pussy cat
Eat the placenta!
Its natural good for you good for us
As mad as a hatter March hare hyena laughter
They really intelligent you know … sooo cute.. adorable
How could they, savages
Oh the humanity!!!
Mad mad I tell yous she is barking mad as a bug in rug in a mug
Going Cold turkey he can do it with
Counting sheep the black sheep’s domesticated life
And the chickens but not before they hatch
Dark horse don’t look it in the mouth
Curiosity killed the cat swinging, swinging around the room
WE don’t wanna know it’s not the same
Kitty was already dead
Bad luck OMEN OMEN OMEN
god given rights
Texas chainsaw leading wild goose chase to the slaughterhouse
Baaa Baaa Black Sheeeeeeep
Baaa Baaa Black Sheeep….
Ia ia ooooo ia ia ooooo