In this performance I tattoo ‘forever fluid’ on myself using the stick and poke technique. I am often pigeon holed by society for my appearance and I know these assumptions frequently come from a place of ignorance, however they are still hurtful. I claim fluidity through the painful process of the ritual and simultaneously highlight my determination to endure every discomfort perpetuated by society in order to remain true to my own identity.
The second component of my performance based project has been documenting the remnants of the act. I have always been curious about the power of objects and this year I have been curious about how objects within ritual transform alongside me. I’m particularly concerned with how the interaction (between my body and object) manifests power and meaning. It is because we have interacted together via enduring the ritual that the object now holds significance for me. This notion reminds me that times of struggle are loaded with potential, not only to make new connections but also to experience new ways of meaning.