a taming
JEMILA MACEWAN a taming Performance with leather hide, massage table, soil, and cotton fabric.
a taming
2018
Performance with leather hide, massage table, soil, and cotton fabric.

Audience members were invited to engage with the artist in an experience of touch.

Audience members were asked to remove their shoes before stepping into the space, where the artist lay, on a massage table, under a bare cow skin, her face exposed.

Participants were invited to touch the skin and talk to with the artist as much as they wanted.



"I developed this performance work to respond to the current social and political state of anxiety that surrounds our relationship to touch. I want to be present within that anxiety, approaching it directly and empathetically, by performing a situation of touch. The leather as an intermediary for the touch experience, was once the touch organ of the animal.

For my own understanding of this work I draw upon the mythological theme of the Selkie, which is a Celtic story from my own heritage about a woman who rejects love in order to be complete with herself – characterized by her removable skin, the only tie she has with her wildness and freedom."
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