Enfolding multidisciplinary arts into Transept exhibitions has been an important part of the group and a priority for me since I participated in planning the first exhibition. And each year since, I have delighted in enfolding one art form into another – producing performances in the visual art exhibition space; incorporating poetry, monologues and music in staged performances; and even performing inside an installation piece one year.
This year’s exhibition was especially meaningful in such a way, not only because the theme itself was ‘Enfolding’ or because my visual art and performance pieces were connected, but also because of deep interconnections between them and the offerings of two other artists. Their stories were reflected in the interconnections.
My installation piece, titled ‘Stoned.’, was an expression of the oppression I observed in Palestine, where stones are the only tool of protest in the West Bank, and have been used aggressively as weapons, including one used against me, an unwitting tourist in the Old City of Jerusalem (hence the title of the piece). See this link for a description.
The idea for this piece arose from my memory of those encounters there, particularly as they are relevant to an online Playback Theatre performance – titled ‘Being on the Inside / Being on the Outside’ – that I did with my company, Mosaic, as part of a Festival for Palestine. The point of the festival was to hear from people whose voices are so often silenced and whose struggles on the margin are dismissed, but also for any in attendance to share experiences of feeling displaced or unheard. This performance and topic inspired not only my ‘Stoned.’ piece, but also two others, in visual and performance art:
Julia MacLaurin, friend and fellow Transept artist, attended this online Playback performance, and afterwards was inspired to do her piece, ‘Displacement’, initially created from hammering ice to depict fragmentation and displacement from a homeland.