Presented by Vitalstatistix
In Vanessa Bell’s painting ‘Bedroom, Gordon Square’, hung in the Art Gallery of South Australia, a woman sits naked on the edge of a bed. Her body language and lack of facial features suggest she is caught in a moment of private reflection.
Bedroom explores the space of internalising the pervasive domination that women experience on a regular basis, and then the embodied expulsion of anger and grief, delivered through a visceral and charged performance – one full of humour and grace.
Bedroom is the first live performance work by contemporary visual artist Kate Power. In 2020, the creative development of the piece undertook a fascinating remote development process between Kate and NSW-based performance artist Sarah Rodigari, in some ways mirroring the questions about intimacy, proximity, slow processing and aloneness explored in the work itself.
Drawing on performed text, choreography and sculptural installation, Bedroom extends Kate’s acclaimed practice from sculpture and video, into a compelling live terrain.
Image: Jennifer Greer Holmes/Heath Britton