Exploring Performance for Sculpture is researcy in 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 mountain environment and performative scenarios are 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 are temporal existing only through documentation. 

Thematically this work is a reflection on the intrinsic passing down of skills. Bronze cast “handles” or “machinery part” are a direct reflection to my father. 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.

Exploring Performance for Sculpture explores concepts of shared space and motion. Work was produced in dance studios, the wood shop and studio. Each space was workable and exploratory. 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. I am interested in expressing the regular and mundane, researching ways that sculpture, performance and regular life can cross paths and combine.

Exploring Performance for Sculpture was produced at the Banff Centre with the support of Travel Professional Development grants from the Winnipeg Arts Council & Manitoba Arts Council and theKeith Evans Scholarship from the Banff Centre for the Arts.


© Nicole Shimonek 2021