Ripe For The Picking 

Video Documentation of Live Performance

Dildo, Lotion, Strawberry Jam

September 2021

Telephone Tango

Video Performance.

January, 2021

Collaboration with Jeremy Wong.

“Telephone Tango” was performed, documented, and compiled by artists Grace DeVies and Jeremy Wong. The performance, completed simultaneously in our respective cities, revolved around a week’s worth of missed calls and voicemail messages as we entered 2021.

With in-person connection currently impossible, an emotional connection was attempted over anxious messages left to each others’ voicemail inboxes. We never managed to reach each other directly, only communicating sporadically through these left messages. This became a desperate, yet seemingly failing attempt to feel less alone. However, when the voicemails are played in sequence, they mimic a deeply personal and emotional telephone conversation full of understanding and support. The compiled audio— in which we contemplate the past, the present, and the uncertain future— was played over the performance.

An awkward and abstracted tango absent of a partner visually portrayed the lack of an essential psychological need for companionship in our lives. In times of isolation— suggested by confined movement in a cold, gloomy space— we are without intimacy and belonging. The dance was stiff and uncomfortable, then messy and frantic, following the ebbs and flows of our mental states. Even though our phone calls missed each other, our dramaticized movements linked us to one another without us being physically together. Our similar, and sometimes synchronized dance provided a connection that we could not have otherwise created.

Toothpaste 

Toothpaste, Toothbrush.

October, 2020

Brushing my teeth.

Live Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Live Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Performance Artifacts
Performance Artifacts

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Live Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Live Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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MAN VS MACHINE

Plaster, Wood, Projection, MacBook Pro. 

2019

This performance involved tracing the movements of a video recording and simultaneous projection of a 3-D printer. As the printer was creating an object, I attempted to carve into a block of plaster with a piece of particle board, damaging and cutting away at both materials.