Vida Simon

['A Complicated Escape', 2006, performance-installation in hotel room, Edmonton, Canada]

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A Complicated Escape, 2006

performance-installation, 5d 4h 0m

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This performance-installation took place in a hotel room over the course of 5 days. I began by completely covering the room in newsprint paper. Wearing pyjamas, I drew with charcoal, and performed various actions that centred around the act of drawing. People were invited to visit the room for 4 hours each day, witnessing the many transformations that took place within each drawing. The piece was silent, however I at times interacted with the public through gestures or writing. The piece grew out of a desire to escape everyday life responsibilities in order to focus solely on drawing. It explored personal/historical themes while interweaving paradoxes of the particular context (home/transience, solitude/sharing, cleanliness/earthiness, etc.).
Materials: charcoal, vine charcoal, watercolour paper, newsprint, eraser, walnuts

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