Kate Power with Sarah Rodigari

is a new work in development by South Australian visual artist Kate Power and is also a mentorship project between Kate and Sydney-based performance artist Sarah Rodigari, brokered and supported by Vitalstatistix and funded by Arts South Australia.

The mentorship brings together two queer artists who have engaged in a variety of programs and initiatives over the last few years with Vitalstatistix. Together they will explore text, dramaturgy and live performance skills in order to realise a new and ambitious project by Kate Power.

Bedroom, the work, began as a response to a painting of the same title by Vanessa Bell. In Bell’s painting, 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 and violence that women experience on a regular basis. Drawing on performed text, choreography and sculptural installation, Bedroom will seek to create a visceral and emotionally charged space that embodies responses to anger and grief. It extends Kate’s practice from performance for video into live terrain.

Through the mentorship Kate and Sarah will undertake two residency periods at Vitalstatistix where Sarah will support the development of Kate’s work; Kate will also visit Sarah in Sydney. We will host two work-in-progress showings and will seek to support its full presentation in 2021.

Creative team: Kate Power and Sarah Rodigari

Image courtesy of fine print and Johanis Lyons-Reid