Self-Dissolve is an exploration of the self and the poetics of absence through the platforms of live performance, photography, video and remnant and is an act of empowerment via a rejection of the patriarchal conceptions of the self in favour of the emotive self. This narrative of liberation of the self is based upon the fundamental paradox that it only succeeds when self image is dissolved.
I sandpaper 100 photographic self-portraits during a 2-hour live performance on the opening night. The remnants and video documentation of the performance remain in the space until the exhibition concludes.
The self-portrait photographs in Self-Dissolve play a crucial role as they act as metaphors for the socially constructed self that is disembodied and therefore dislocated from feeling. From childhood, we begin to accept the self through essentially visual, externalised images of the self, superseding and repressing the emotive self. Self-Dissolve is a counter ritual that critiques this dominant understanding in an attempt to contribute to current social discourse around subverting the patriarchal repression of the self within our society.
Sawtooth Gallery, March 2018
Images 1-10 by Alexandra Hullah