An homage to my friend and fellow performance artist Jenna Kline. Created for Performancy Forum: Holding/Withholding and Indulgence/Austerity curated by Esther Neff.
One of the things I admire about Jenna Kline as an artist is her ability to create lasting images. Whether it is a heart impaled on a stiletto or extreme zip-tie self bondage, she always pushes the visual aspect of her performance to the forefront. These images pay service to a body of work that is deeply personal and introspective.
Jenna and I have both lost a lot of blood in pursuit of similar empathetic/artistic truths. An area where our art intersects is the use of pain and endurance as a catalyst for social understanding.
In honor of our mutual bloodloss I would like to stage a performance that intermixes Jenna’s use of iconography, my love of audience interaction, and our shared use of physical exertion as a tool for empathy.
Photos by Greg Paul.
I add a workout routine to the performance as a way to mix our visual metaphors.