Sacred Bodymind

2 hour 45 minute performance, 2021

Special thanks to the Wading Room Gallery, Peter Hoffman, and Ryn Wilson for hosting the performance. 

Stemming from traditions of Catholicism, the veneration of Saints, and pagan rituals of community care, Sacred Bodymind is a performative retelling of the figural and literal “sick bodymind.” In opposition to those who believe illness causes a poor quality of life, Sacred Bodymind venerates and celebrates my sick bodymind to the pinnacle of Olympian sainthood. Instead of adorning relics, temples, or altars with precious gems, participants are asked to adorn my sick bodymind with plastic, stick-on jewels in a hospital room setting. Inviting participants to embellish my bodymind asks them to consider the “sick bodymind” as divine and valuable, “care” as a collective and time-consuming endeavor, and question the historical exclusion of sick/(dis)abled people from the public sphere.

image documentation by Wesley Leffingwell

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video documentation by Wesley Leffingwell

image documentation by Wesley Leffingwell

Sacred Bodymind

2 hour 45 minute performance, 2021

Special thanks to the Wading Room Gallery, Peter Hoffman, and Ryn Wilson for hosting the performance. 

Stemming from traditions of Catholicism, the veneration of Saints, and pagan rituals of community care, Sacred Bodymind is a performative retelling of the figural and literal “sick bodymind.” In opposition to those who believe illness causes a poor quality of life, Sacred Bodymind venerates and celebrates my sick bodymind to the pinnacle of Olympian sainthood. Instead of adorning relics, temples, or altars with precious gems, participants are asked to adorn my sick bodymind with plastic, stick-on jewels in a hospital room setting. Inviting participants to embellish my bodymind asks them to consider the “sick bodymind” as divine and valuable, “care” as a collective and time-consuming endeavor, and question the historical exclusion of sick/(dis)abled people from the public sphere.

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