holding Nut’s position
clay-sculpture, approx. 15 x 20 x 30 cm, re-visualising a performance
Feet and hands to the ground, rest of the body up in the air.
I could hold this position for 8 minutes, realising how the feeling for my body changed
until I finally had to collapse. The sculpture visualises the interoceptive experience,
drawing attention to the perception of corporal volumes.
The experience and the resulting physical re-thinking through this posture
had a particular influence on the further work on exhaustion, because it
made me reflect on the prehistoric Venus figures. This led to the question of
who even claims that the depicted bodies are fertility goddesses
(i.e. something superior to the human/feminine) and not perhaps rather
the visualisation of, for example, period cramps or changes in a pregnant state.
In this context I particularly recommend Upper Paleolithic Venus Figurines and