PUNCTUM: Looking

Live performance, approx. 2hrs, Central Saint Martins, 2019.

Continuing a preoccupation with the skin as a boundary between the internal and external worlds, the key action of PUNCTUM: Looking was running two spiked faux leather gloves over my naked body, to varying degrees of intensity. Opposite my body was a grid of 120 A5 linocut prints mimicking the action, based on photographs taken during development.

Underlying this piece was the idea of the puncture: in the threat posed by the spikes, the process of the linocut prints, and my gaze as I made eye contact with the audience. This piece lead to a body of work exploring Queer Monstrosity and weaponising the threatened/threatening body, as seen in Glass Scratch and Wyrm