FORGED (in the tender heat of your embrace) is a durational performance installation for galleries and non-traditional performance spaces. In an intimate, choreographic collaboration between the artist’s body and sheets of copper metal, FORGED (in the tender heat of your embrace) explores processes of body heat generation and exchange during movement and rest.
Through cycles of moving and resting together, a physical collaboration develops in which a disabled body and metal support enable each other’s movement; bending, heating, cooling, resting, and imprinting on one another over time. Through this process, sculptural forms gradually emerge, holding on their surface marks of the physical exchange which has occurred.
Drawing parallels between the material properties of the sheet metal and the artist’s body which experiences chronic pain, FORGED explores themes of dependency, intimacy, support and corrosion, as metal and body attempt to find a shared movement language in a delicate and precarious dance of give and take.