This series of performances acts as advise on how to avoid situations that are tedious and boring, awkward, unsatisfying, unpleasant and stressful. Do you have to be present at an awkward family dinner? Are you obliged to attend a boring wedding? Make a presentation? Go to a party out of obligation? Having a conversation with a person you dislike? Are you just bored? The applications are countless.
The difference between
being a coward and a hero is focusing on a higher purpose. The coward flees,
the Hero endures. But what happens when an action must be endured in a cowardly
way? I choose to use the cowardly approach in a courageous way; this is why I
claim I am becoming an antihero. My purpose is to act upon my artistic idea. And for this, every time I have to start backing up slowly or crawl or hide
behind things I have to gather the courage. Being exposed like that feels more
vulnerable than any discussion, essay or critique. I draw people’s attention by
trying to be as discreet as possible. I know that at that time, I have to act
like a clown, a meek person, be the target of laughter. But still, I call this
project my little acts of bravery. It might be the transparency of the moment
that makes me feel unpleasant in presenting myself, but my primary goal for
these performances is to step out of my comfort zone and transform something I
consider a disadvantage to advantage. A
way to communicate discomfort.
Presenting the 'Escaping Artist" as an installation. Sticky notes and uniform were used for the performance, 2016.
Photo of this performance was used as a cover for my thesis that is titled “Covered in Thesis”.