‘Single Moments’ is part of the project ‘This moment will never come back’. As reaction to the hectic and distracted every day this body of work focusses on the here and now.
Over the period of 10 weeks I performed, without the audience present, a sitting meditation on the throwing wheel, placing myself in the workshop in total silence. By focussing on my breath and gestures I would throw circles in clay with one breath only. By synchronising my breath and gestures to create circles as representation of the present moment, I activate my body to experience the moment as it is. Aiming to celebrate full presence I use the circle to visualise this very moment in clay.
While sometimes I let go of the lived moment in the form of a thrown circle, in other moments I saved the lived experience as single thrown circles. Each circle represents one single moment – one breath stroke. Seeing and accepting the moment for what it is, I wouldn’t embellish the thrown circle. I cut it of as it was and fired it without fettling to memorise the moment in an authentic manner.
This body of work uses the breath to address presence, the body and time.
By choosing performance with artefacts as by-products of the process, I acknowledge the different dimensions of experiences that come from the artist, the audience, the process and the object.
‘This moment will never come back’ is informed by my previous body-clay experiments developed during the studio research project. My work in performance, embodied experiences and ceramic objects investigates how clay can help us be present in our body.