Performance for Sculpture is an installation of utilitarian sculptures and drawings.  Performative activities and public engagement influence its production. The work connects the present with its insinuated future. Its theme is survival.

The environment at the Banff Centre and performative scenarios were source material for drawings and sculpture. Elements in the installation include: components of a spruce tree, a large S-curve tree carving, lathed objects, bronze cast “machinery parts” or “handles”, wood carvings and several wall drawings of myself performing with a basswood performance prop. Ideas of permanence vs. impermanence were explored and most components of the installation were temporal existing only through documentation. 

While at the Banff residency I reflected on the intrinsic passing down of skills, thoughts and processes. The bronze cast “handles” or “machinery part” are a direct reflection to my fathers work. I am interested in exploring what remains after the people and their past are gone. The delicate balance between a future and the fragility of our own impending mortality..

Performance for Sculpture explores concepts of shared space and motion. During my residency I made work in the dance studios, produced sculpture in wood shop and drew in my studio. I was given licence to each workable exploratory space. Photos of myself experimenting with a basswood s-curve prop were drawn on temporary exhibition spaces. The final installation is both actual and insinuated remnants of performance activities (in the form of drawing and sculpture).

The art experiments with object /subject relationships. Representations of the body will be neutral and analogous. I am interested in expressing the regular and mundane, researching ways that sculpture, performance and regular life can cross paths and combine.


© Nicole Shimonek 2019