You need to gain weight to stay healthy

you need to gain weight to stay healthy

thirty minute performance, 2018

In my 2018 performance you need to gain weight to stay healthy, I wanted to reveal a type of care which causes pain but is needed in order to stay healthy in the long run. On a mid-May day, I nervously handed out little tasters of weight gain shake to everyone sitting in the audience. I then waited for five minutes to pass and proceeded to take off my clothes down to my nude-colored underwear. I was shaking uncontrollably. Once I mixed the four weight gain powder packets with four glasses of milk, which added up to a total of three thousand calories, I drank all four glasses as my belly swelled with pain. Then, I got up, started putting my clothes back on, and sat on the ground. As I was putting on my shoes, I quickly grabbed the nearest garbage can to puke what I had just imbibed.

images (c) Alessandra Pearson


107th CAA Presentation, DU Art History Symposium